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Skillsfuture (SSG) 3D Printing for Rapid Product Development May 2017

Published on: 24-Mar-2017



​The Economist has forecasted 3D Printing to be the third industrial revolution due to its prospects of driving a new type of manufacturing industry. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day Rally 2013 that we should 3D print things that make a difference to our lives.

Opposed to a conventional machining process which takes away excess material from a block of workpiece, 3D Printing or Rapid Prototyping (RP) or Additive Manufacturing (AM) produces parts by building one layer upon another in a horizontal manner. This offers many advantages over machining limitations such as the capability to produce complex and difficult-to-machine models (e.g. a sphere in a thin-necked bottle, straight corners of pockets in typical engineering components, a small intricate jewellery ring). Jigs and fixtures are also no longer needed.

Since 3D Printing or RP or AM is linked to CAD/CAM systems, it is able to produce a component in a short turnaround time. As a result, it has great potential, especially for today’s products which have very short product life.

  • ​To understand the motivation behind 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP) or Additive Manufacturing (AM)
  • To familiarise with the various 3D Printing techniques so as to compare their strengths and limitations
  • To be acquainted with STL (StereoLithography), its format, problems and repair
  • To know the application areas and be exposed to industrial case studies
  • To learn about bureau service, benchmarking methodology, growth and trends

Underpinning Knowledge:

  • Know the definitions, concepts and process chain of 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing.
  • Understand the products, process, pros and cons, and applications of each 3D Printing technique
  • Expose to the industrial case studies in fields such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products, arts, architecture, construction, weapon, food, garments (fashion) and biomedical engineering.

​​Day 1

  • Understand of Basic 3D Printing Concepts and Process Chain
  • Understand liquid-based AM or 3D Printing systems in terms of their process, products, pros and cons and applications

Day 2

  • Understand AM systems in terms of their process, products, pros and cons and applications
  • Understand powder-based AM systems in terms of their process, products, pros and cons and applications

Day 3

  • Workshop on 10 AM or 3D Printing systems
  • Watch and understand 10 AM systems in action. The AM systems include: Selective Laser Sintering, Electron Beam Melting, Selective Laser Melting • Fused Deposition Modelling, Bioprinting, Polyjet, Projet System, Chocolate printer, Stereolithography  Robotic Printer

Day 4

  • Understand AM data format, applications areas and examples in industry
  • Understand bureau service, benchmarking methodology, growth and trends
















Dr Chua Chee Kai is a Professor of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He holds a PhD, NTU, M.Sc (Ind) and B.Eng (Mech), NUS.

Dr Chua has been involved in 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing (AM) or Rapid Prototyping (RP) since 1990. At NTU, he has helped in the application of 3D Printing to products like consumer goods, coins, jewelleries and bio-medical applications. On-going research at NTU include development of new AM processes, novel materials on various 3D printers, applications of AM systems for aerospace, construction, tissue engineering, biomedical engineering and defence. For his research in 3D Printing, he is the world's most published and most cited researcher according to Science Citation Index (SCI) of Thomson Reuters. In 2013, he was awarded "Academic Career Award" at the 6th International Conference in Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping (VRAP), 1 to 5 October 2013, Leiria, Portugal for his contributions in 3D Printing. He was also conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) by the President of Singapore at the 2014 National Day Awards. In the same year, he has also received the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award.

In addition to chairing and receiving several invitations to speak as a keynote speaker at international conferences, Dr Chua has also been widely consulted on 3D printing related issues by various industries. Prof Chua has also sat on the International Programme Committee for more than 18 international conferences devoted to 3D printing and is currently the chairman of the Additive Manufacturing Standards Technical Committee set up to oversee the development, promotion and adoption of 3D printing in Singapore.

Dr Chua has contributed more than 200 publications in local seminars, technical talks, international conferences, journals, books, books chapters and patent.
He is the co-author of the book, entitles "Rapid Prototyping: Principles & Applications in manufacturing" published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997 and a Chinese version was published subsequently in 1998. The latest 4th edition "3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: Principles and Applications" was published in 2014 by World Scientific Publishing. In 2014, Dr Chua has also published a new book called "Bioprinting: Principles and Applications".

​Who Should Attend

​This 3D Printing course is suitable for personnel who need to build prototypes for design and manufacturing. Relevant occupations include:

• Engineering Managers
• Product Designers
• Academics and Researchers


Full Course Fee: S$1,600
Course fees inclusive of Course materials, light refreshments and lunch

Subsidy and absentee payroll is available for Singaporeans/Singaporean Permanent Residents sponsored by employers.

Application for subsidy and absentee payroll is to be submitted to SSG ( by employers after the course.

User guide to grant application:


For further enquiries, contact SSG's call centre at 6785 5785 or via their feedback portal (

Subsidy Amount*


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Absentee payroll*


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*Subject to terms and conditions of eligibility by WDA

  Number of training hours = 28

Online Registration

Date: May Course (26, 29, 30, 31 May 2017)

Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Venue: Fusion @ MAE Seminar Room (N3.1 - B3C - 06)

May course: Click here for event registration (Registration closes on 12 May 2017)

As at 19 May 2017:

Number registered = 25

Number reserved = 3

Balance left = 8

The class size is capped at 36, so please register early to avoid disappointment.  Registration is first come first served.
For enquiries, please call Ms Germaine Wong at Tel: 6790 4961 or email to 
Methods of Payment
  1. Cheque
  2. Telegraphic Transfer or Bank Draft (Note: All related charges are to be borne by participant)

*Details will be provided upon course confirmation

Course fees must be fully paid before commencement of the course.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

​A written notification to
before course registration closing date

Full refund (No Cancellation Charges)

​A written notification on or after course closing date

​No Refund

​Replacement Policy

​Given a 3 day notice before course commencement, companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course. Terms and conditions apply.

Terms and Conditions
  • ​Course is subject to a minimum participation before commencement
  • Course is subject to a first-come-first-serve basis in light of overwhelming responses
  • SC3DP reserves the right to change or cancel any course or trainer, in light of unforeseen circumstances
  • All details are correct at time of dissemination
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