Li Qiaoyi
December 7, 2012

“I decided to give up my dream of getting a doctorate when 3D printing technology saw a pickup in growth in the US and Europe. I thought it might be time to start my own business,” said Jin Tao, recalling his decision to set off in pursuit of a 3D printing business in late 2008 rather than going for a PhD from the University of Hong Kong.

A year after receiving a master’s degree in computer science from Zhejiang University in 2007, Jin went to the University of Hong Kong as a research assistant, hoping to continue his academic pursuits afterwards.

But once he learned of the emerging trend of 3D printing during his stay in Hong Kong over the course of 2008, he thought, “This is just what I’ve been looking for.” Jin flew back to Hangzhou, Zhejiang and founded a company with some of his friends in 2009, foraying into an area that few people know about even today.

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