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​3D Printing Course: 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (Jan)

Published on: 04-Sep-2018

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In 2017, the Singapore government and EDB announced their Industry 4.0 strategy. The Industry 4.0 strategy includes identifying technologies like Additive Manufacturing (AM), or more popularly known as 3D printing, as having the capabilities to help manufacturers transition from a value-add model to a value creation model. 

Additive Manufacturing is defined as the process of joining materials to make parts from 3D model data, usually layer by layer, as opposed to subtractive and formative manufacturing methodologies. 3D printing processes offer many advantages, including producing complex geometric models or features that would be difficult or expensive to machine with conventional manufacturing. (e.g. a sphere in a thin-necked bottle, straight corners in pockets in typical engineering components or a small intricate jewellery ring) The 3D printing process also eliminates the need for jigs and fixtures.

3D printing has the potential to produce components in a short turnaround time as the 3D printing process is digitally linked to CAD/CAM systems. As a result, it is a tool well-suited for the current trend of manufacturing products with 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
  • Exposure to the industrial case studies in fields such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products, arts, architecture, construction, weapon, food, garments (fashion) and biomedical engineering
​Course Outline

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 13 3D Printing systems
  • Watch and understand 13 AM systems in action. The AM systems include: Selective Laser Sintering, Electron Beam Melting, Selective Laser Melting, Binder Jet, Fused Deposition Modelling, Polyjet, Bioprinter, Chocolate Printer, Stereolithography, Robotic Printer, Aerojet Electronics Printer, Direct Energy Deposition (BeAM), and Hybrid Printer
Day 4
  • Understand AM data format, applications areas and examples in industry
  • Understand bureau service, benchmarking methodology, growth and trends

​Professor Chua Chee Kai is a distinguished Professor of Nanyang Technologic University, Singapore (NTU, Singapore) and the Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP). His ongoing research at NTU Singapore are includes selective laser sintering, selective laser melting, bioprinting, 4D printing and food printing.
In 2014, Dr Chua was elected as the top scientist in his research field of AM by Clarivate Analytics, and has maintained his position since then. As at 2018, he has contributed more than 300 technical papers in local seminars, technical talks, international conferences and journals, generating more than 8800 citations and a H index of 47 (web of science). 

He is also the co-author for four books, “3D Printing and Additive Manufactuing: Principles & Applications in Manufacturing (5th edition)”, "Bioprinting: Principles and Applications", “Standards, Quality Control and Measurement Sciences in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing” and “Lasers in 3D Printing and Manufacturing.
Course Details
Course Dates: 12, 15, 16 & 17 October, 2018 

Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm

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

Course Registration:  CLOSED (Sorry, registration is now closed. We have reached full capacity)



Course Dates: 11, 14, 15, 16 January 2019

Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm

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

Course Registration:  Register HERE 

Deadline for registration: 21 December 2018

Available seats: 20

(Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a min. capacity of 12 and max. capacity of 20 for each course run)


Courses are conducted on an appointment-basis. Course confirmation will be issued after confirmation of appointment.

For organisations keen to hold corporate training with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NTU, please write in to to explore course training options.

Course Fees: $2,140.00 (inclusive of 7% GST) per participant

Course Fees are inclusive of "3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: Principles and Applications" textbook, course materials, light refreshments and lunch.

Methods of Payment: Cheque or Telegraphic Transfer

* More payment details to be provided upon course confirmation

The SkillsFuture course, 3D Printing for Rapid Product Development, has been discontinued from 1 July 2018 onwards. Please note that the current course, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: Principles and Applications is conducted by the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and is not affiliated with SkillsFuture Singapore. SkillsFuture subsidies and training grants are not applicable for this course. Thank you for your understanding.
Replacement Policy
Given a 3 day notice before course commencement, organisations may replace participants who have signed up for the course. Terms & Conditions apply.
Terms & Conditions
  • Course is subjected to a minimum participation before commencement
  • Course fees are non-refundable. Replacements of participants are allowed given a 3 day notice before course commencement
  • MAE reserves the right to change or cancel any course or trainer, in light of unforeseen circumstances
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