Project Description

Materialising the Future | 將未來變成真實

The popularity of 3D printing has been growing in various industries. Using revolutionary additive manufacturing techniques, machines fuse materials such as powdered metal or plastic layer by layer, until it reaches full formation of a 3-dimensional object. Mings 3D Solutions Ltd is the professional 3D printing service expert in Hong Kong, it provides one-stop 3D printing services for many renowned designers and clients. This year, Mings 3D collaborated with product design freshmasonries, materialising their creativity into actual commodities.

The「DesignXcel」2018 team proposed the collaboration between award-winning design freshmasonry Kade Chan and Mings 3D. Through the process of 3D scanning and printing, Mings 3D has recreated Kade’s origami lamp prototype into a 3D model, and subsequently reproducing the design out of translucent 3D printing material that diffuses light majestically. With this technique, unique or even non-existent origami shapes will no longer be limited by sheets of paper or form, but open up to a whole new level of creation through 3D printing materials.

Erica Yeung designed a modular, wall installed plant system ‘Tuplant’. The inspiration behind her design is informed by the living environment in Hong Kong, which keeps getting smaller and smaller, making the act of planting more of a luxury. Tuplant is a space saving solution by utilising the wall space to install a series of connected planters. Each planter is produced in one piece by 3D printing, it would require several parts and assembly processes compared to using traditional injection molding technique. Using 3D printing not only eliminates the necessary tooling costs, but one also gains extra competitive edge by reaching the market faster.

The two product designs feature highly detailed 3D forms that would otherwise be difficult to produce through traditional manufacturing methods. 3D printing not only matches the physical quality of traditional injection molding, but it also reduces the cost and time associated with traditional R&D methods, further encouraging the commercialisation of these innovative designs.


楊佩霖設計了一個模塊化的牆式安裝工廠系統「Tuplant」。她設計背後的靈感來自於香港的生活環境,這種生活環境越來越小,使種植成了越發奢侈的一件事。 Tuplant是一個能夠節省空間的解決方案,利用牆面空間安裝一系列連接在一起的種植器。每個種植機通過3D打印一體生產,與使用傳統的射出成型技術相比,它需要多個零件和更繁複的裝配工藝。使用3D打印不僅可以免除必要的工具成本,而且還可以更快地進入市場,獲得額外的競爭優勢。

這兩款產品設計都具有高度精細的3D形式,否則難以通過傳統製造方法生產。 3D打印不僅與傳統射出成型的實體質量相匹配,而且還降低了與傳統研發方法相關的成本和時間,進一步促進了這些創新設計的商業化。

Design Graduate:

Chan Pak Hei, Kade
Yeung Pui Lam, Erica

Mings 3D Solutions Ltd | 名仕新科技有限公司


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 香港理工大學