How soon till a ship comes hot off the press? Ulsan, the Korean industrial city where Hyundai Heavy Industries is based, is set to spend big on developing 3D printing with ships in mind.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has chosen Ulsan as the base to carry out research into 3D printing and manufacturing of ships and offshore equipment. Around $20m will be spent in a five-year period starting in 2017.
Thus far, 3D printing and ships have only been mooted among navies, led by the US and the UK.