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​2018 3D Printing Competitions

Published on: 18-May-2018

3D printing to become mainstream in 5 years

Channel 8, 15 May, 10pm

3D printing is advancing rapidly, with academics estimating that more companies will foray into the field in the next five years, making it mainstream. Under Industry 4.0, 3D printing will be merged with other emerging technologies, including AI and robotics, resulting in more innovations and products. A wheelchair coupled to a hoverboard to help the elderly move about, with 3D printed parts to provide its passenger shade from the sun and rain, was developed by a team of 25 students from Pathlight School. This year, the Singapore International 3D Printing Competitions received 26 entries for its two themes: personal mobility devices and elderly assistive devices. In an interview, Prof Chua Chee Kai, Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, said “all the major economies including Singapore have invested heavily into 3D printing. The challenges you see, about safety and speed are all being looked into.”

Also reported on Channel 8 (1pm and 6.30pm), Channel U (11pm)

25 students from Pathlight win prize in NTU 3D printing contest for designing elderly assistive device

Lianhe Zaobao, page 8

Four months ago, 25 students from Pathlight School took advantage of 3D printing technology to start building a mobility device designed specifically for seniors. Yesterday, their work "The Pathcraft" was one of the winners of the 3D printing competitions organised by NTU. This year’s 3D printing competitions were organised by NTU for the sixth time, attracting 26 teams from Singapore, France, Norway, China and Taiwan. Compared with previous years' themes such as “fashion” and “abacus,” this year’s competition required participants to design larger items for the first time. The devices should also be able to move at least five metres. In addition to "The Pathcraft", there are five other winners in this competition, including student from Raffles Institution Li Bozhao, 19, who designed a personal mobility device using precise 3D printing techniques. He was inspired to turn what he can usually see in books or on television into real objects.

Spinning the wheels of innovation and mobility with 3D printing

Yahoo News

A Nezha-inspired pair of skates, a wheelchair with an “armadillo”-styled shelter, a customisable foldable kick scooter and a stylised walker for the elderly. These were among six winning entries of the 6th Singapore 3D Printing Competition recognised for their innovative design and functionality. The event was held at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s Nanyang Executive Centre on Tuesday (15 May). The winning entries are prime examples of how “3D printing can be used to print products of complex designs in a single build, which conventional manufacturing cannot do”, said Professor Chua Chee Kai, Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing and Chair of Pro-AM 2018. This year’s competition, organised by NTU in conjunction with the bi-annual Progress in Additive Manufacturing Conference (Pro-AM), centres around two themes: personal and elderly mobility devices. It saw a total of 26 entries, consisting of local and international participants, including those from France, Norway, China and Taiwan. The winner of the open category clinched the top prize of $10,000 while the winners of the school and tertiary categories each won $5,000.

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