[PRESS RELEASE] IME Launches the First and Only Office-friendly Metal 3D Printing System in Malaysia.
IME Group of Companies launched Desktop Metal Studio System, the first and only office-friendly metal 3D printing system at METALTECH 2019 that took place at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The ceremony was honoured by the presence of YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Mr. Teoh Tuan Ka , Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies, and Mr. CK Kan, Regional Director (Asia Pacific) of Desktop Metal.
The Studio System is safe and simple to use and is designed to make metal 3D printing more accessible, enabling design and engineering teams to make metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities, dedicated operators, or expensive tooling.
Manufacturers who have adopted 3D printing technology have reported cost reduction of as much as 90% compared to machining and selective laser melting (SLM) and speed up production significantly, from months or weeks to mere days.
Metal 3D Printing is one of the new technologies showcased by IME this year, alongside with other technology pillars in the National Policy on Industry 4.0, such as local-developed Data Analytic solution, Virtual Simulation, Virtual Reality, and various Design to Manufacturing Solutions.
A combination of the different technology drivers in the National Policy on Industry 4.0 established by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will transform the manufacturing landscape, the way of working, and disrupt existing business models. It will lead to greater efficiencies and change traditional production relationships among suppliers, producers, and customers—as well as between human and machine.
In May this year, Mawea Industries (A member of IME Group of Companies) has been officially appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) in collaboration with the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for its Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP), initiated with the support of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). In this cooperation, Mawea Industries will be lending its expertise and assistance to Malaysian companies in adopting and leveraging on digital technologies for increased productivity and optimised operation towards sustainability.
“Support from the government is crucial in the Industry 4.0 journey. We are glad to see many initiatives from the government in recent years spearheading the way. We are proud to be part of the journey, being a local company developing our own solutions to aid the growth of the industry” says Mr. TK Teoh, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies.
IME Group of Companies with its expertise and comprehensive approach towards Industry 4.0 along with the right tools provides companies with the support they need to master the challenges of implementation.
ABOUT IME GROUP OF COMPANIES
IME (Group of companies) is a local business established since 1980, that aspires to play a role in the growth of the local industry, by providing a platform for the industry and educational sector to collaborate, share, and close the knowledge and skill gap. Founded as a CNC service and repair centre, IME has now grown into the leading product design and manufacturing solution provider in Malaysia, with a vast clientele from local and multi-national corporations, government sectors and academia; IME has established strong presence locally and expanded business coverage to ASEAN.
Apart from being recently appointed as the DTL by MDEC, IME is also The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Industry 4.0 Committee Member, and The Fourth Industrial Revolution Committee Member for National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM).
In view of the global trend in the industry towards digital transformation, the Government with the support of local industries have been energising the scene with powerful initiatives to accelerate nation’s digital transformation. Some of the prominent efforts include The National Policy on Industry 4.0, also known as Industry4WRD, launched by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad in 2018 and Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)’s Domestic Investment Strategic Fund (DISF) in facilitating the shift of large and mid-tier companies.
IME is driving the thrust of digital transformation through its subsidiary, Mawea Industries’s active collaboration with manufacturers and companies in the area of Industry 4.0 across verticals.
Mawea Industries has been officially appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) in collaboration with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in structuring Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP) alongside with other global experts, aiming to assist home-grown companies in their journey of digital transformation to maximise productivity, remain sustainable and competitive in the global market.
DTAP is a result-driven programme that aims to enhance the competitiveness of local companies and remain sustainable in the coming years of digital disruption by increasing their productivity gain, reducing labour dependency and design new business model.
The programme is equipped with Industry 4.0 experts as the Digital Transformation Labs (DTL) for companies to leverage on their expertise in addressing pain points, developing opportunities and employing proof of concepts through the adoption of digital technologies. Undergoing the assessment with DTL is a critical pilot process as it sets out the digital adoption journey. Businesses can apply for a full scale implementation between a designated timeframe after completing the pilot phase.
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On the 29th April – 2nd May 2019, Shell has organized one of the most exciting event that involves high school students and university students from all over the world at our very own racetrack – Sepang International Circuit and we (IME & SOLIDWORKS) had the honour of being a partner in this event. With over 30 years of experience in engineering and constantly pushing forward, we have always been a huge supporter in nurturing STEM education to ensure that the engineers of tomorrow will be able to shape the future. With aligning interests, we had to participate and show our support for an event with such history and significance. Now, let us dive into the details of this event.
The Shell Eco – Marathon is a platform for high school and university teams to come together and push their boundaries through hands-on experience to achieve high energy efficiency vehicles in the form of a competition. With over 3 decades of history and involving thousands of teams across the world, I assure you that you will be surprised by the sheer scale and atmosphere of this event. This marks their 10th Anniversary for Shell Eco-marathon Asia and they have decided to return to SIC (Sepang International Circuit) where it all first began for the Asia series.
This competition involves 2 vehicle classes which are UrbanConcept and Prototype. The UrbanConcept vehicles have 4 wheels and features similar to a road car whereas the Prototype class is a 3-wheeler and designed to be superlight weight. Teams have the freedom to choose how their vehicle will be powered, which are the Internal Combustion Engine, Battery-Electric or Hydrogen Fuel Cell.
URBANCONCEPT PROTOTYPE Vehicles with familiar road car features Ultra-efficient 4 Wheels Lightweight 3 Wheels
Drivers will participate in 2 types of competition; ‘Mileage Challenge’ and ‘Drivers’ World Championship’. As the name suggests, the Mileage Challenge features the most distance travelled with 1 litre of fuel and the Driver’s World Championship which will test the driver’s ability to cross the finish line first within the allocated energy through their strategy, speed and skill. To put into perspective, the 2018 winning team was able to travel a distance of 2,341 kilometers on just 1 litre of petrol. That’s the equivalent distance of travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon, Myanmar! How in the world of chicken nuggets did they manage that? Also, trying to strategize and constantly and adapting to the driving conditions is not an easy task especially in a circuit such as Sepang.
Personally, we think that it would be very challenging due to the harsh conditions in Malaysia. The heat will be a major factor as well as how technical the track is, Shell has chosen the more technical part of Sepang International Circuit for the competition and it consists of steep gradients and technical corners. Therefore I think that the main factors in this competition would be heat management, driver’s skill and mental fortitude. Did we forget to mention that drivers had to wear full race suits in their cars with minimum to no ventilation throughout the race? Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any more challenging, teams have to pass 11 inspections before being seen fit to compete in track!
This year, we have a total of 109 teams from 19 countries across Asia Pacific consisting of 5 Malaysian Teams. Surprisingly none of our Malaysian Teams used combustion engines!
Malaysian Teams Category Engine Type #307 Genesis UTAR Prototype Battery Electric #310 UMP Tech (University Malaysia Pahang) Prototype Battery Electric 311 Grüne Welt (Multimedia University Melaka Campus) Prototype Battery Electric #611 Team Monash UC UrbanConcept Hydrogen #614 UiTM Eco Planet UrbanConcept Hydrogen
We went looking for our Malaysian representatives and couldn’t get hold of all of them. This was probably because everyone was trying to get through the 11 tests! However, we did come across team #310 UMP Tech who has already passed all 11 test and got their stickers to prove it! Also they were kind enough to let us take a look at their car and we had a short Q&A session with them!
On the left is a picture of us investigating their car and on the right we have a team photo!
Team UMP Tech is running a battery electric setup with in-house fabricated carbon fibre chassis. They have been testing their car and have reported things are looking good, rear-biased weight distribution and with just the bare minimum! Team UMP has been in this competition for their 3rd year and we are hoping to see a competitive race from them!
Pictures of #310 UMP Tech
However, when we went to visit team #307 Genesis UTAR….. we found this …..
We didn’t let that stop us from snoopin’ around their car!
Seems like they got rid of extra weight by not having seats at all! Just a few fluffy cushions will do!
Since they were not around, we decided to interview Team #322 UTB Ecodrive Team from Brunei instead…
Just some quick features about their car, they were running on an internal combustion engine from a motorcycle and this was their first time participating! They had lots of tech loaded in their car with LCD screens that shows various data, well-done to their electrical team! As this was their first time, their biggest challenge was designing the chassis in SOLIDWORKS. After speaking to various teams, they all seem to face challenges in designing an aerodynamic and solid chassis. Most teams had only done chassis design but not any kind of simulation study and we were happy to provide them with more information on simulations and design!
Moving on to Team #311 Grüne Welt (Multimedia University Melaka Campus)
Grüne Welt (German) translates into Green World
They have a solid looking car and we had a discussion with their lecturer/ supervisor regarding designing the car as well as some talks on simulation! Apparently they’re keen on trying out SOLIDWORKS and were very excited about its capabilities!
We caught team #611 Team Monash UC during inspection and gave out some freebies!
Out of all the cars we have seen from our Malaysian representatives, Monash’s car looks the most comfortable and probably is the biggest in size we’ve seen so far! The car looks fast with a sleek aerodynamic design. Rear-biased weight distribution as they have a trunk in the back with metal plates stacked to keep the rear end sitting low!
Lastly, we visited Team #614 UiTM Eco Planet
Looks like they’re a little busy …….
It was a long day for us and for the participants as well. As it was a busy day for the teams trying to get through inspection, we had a hard time trying to get hold of them. However, more content on the event will come soon!