It’s always a bit difficult to tell what’s going on in North Korea in terms of technology. In June, the Pyongyang Machinery and Technology Exchange displayed a brochure detailing a 3D printer that appeared to be a MakerBot at a trade show. Though not much information was available, it was the first time we had heard anything about 3D printing in North Korea, though the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology stated that they’ve been using a 3D printer for prototyping in their research and development center.
Recent footage from Korean Central Television (KCTV) indicates that the country may be pursuing 3D printing on a broader level. A demonstration of a 3D printer was given to reporters, with the statement that it can print bone for dental and cosmetic surgery procedures. KCTV stated that the printer in the demonstration was assembling a human jaw and that doctors will be using the technology to improve the speed and precision of surgical procedures.
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