PhD Programme

With increasing worldwide interest and attention in this fast-rising industry, it is hence crucial to strengthen and expand research capabilities in the area of 3D Printing.  As such, SC3DP will be working closely with major industry partners to intensify current efforts in 3D Printing to enhance its competitive edge.

The centre invites outstanding candidates who are interested in research to apply for our PhD programme in the following key areas:

1) Aerospace and Defence​​ ​
2) Building and Construction​
3) Marine and Offshore​
4) Future of Manufacturing​ ​
Admissions​ ​
​ ​There are 2 intakes per year (August and January), deadlines as follow:
  • August Semester: 31 January​
  • January Semester: 30 June​
​Projects Available

The EDB-IPP is a collaboration between NTU and the EDB to build up a pool of postgraduate manpower with critical R&D skills for roles in industry through providing postgraduate training in a corporate R&D environment.


Earn a full-time salary from a leading company while pursuing the PhD programme on a full-time basis, and spend time working on an industry project


1.      Evonik Health Care  

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals and is active in over 100 countries. With its knowledge, innovation prowess and integrated technology platforms, Evonik is equipped to address the issues of tomorrow. Evonik Health Care as one of the 22 business lines in the company holds a highly accomplished global footprint. With 50 years of in-depth experience and 13 formulation development labs located worldwide, including US, China, Germany and Thailand, Evonik Health Care has a global team of professionals dedicated to delivering solutions to their customers in the pharma, medical device and nutraceutical industries. By offering an extensive wealth of know-how, together with the state-of-the-art equipment, Evonik Health Care is fully capable of providing its best technical support for their customers as well as enhancing your research.


Project:  “Development of a novel Bio-Ink for 3D bio-printing”

Supervisor: Asst Prof Yeong Wai Yee

B​ioprinting is an emerging computer-aided technology with the capability to reproduce living tissues or organs in a mechanised, organised, and optimised manner. It is the most promising application of 3D printing with the potential to change the future of healthcare.  Research in bioprinting is interdisciplinary in nature. In this project, we aim to develop a superior bioink for 3D bioprinting. The physics, chemistry and biological performance of the new ink will be established to enable new disruptive applications in pharmaceutical and medical device industry. This project calls for highly motivated individual interested in life sciences and medical technology, with good engineering knowledge for in-depth analysis and design of bioink for 3D bioprinting process.


2.      ST Aerospace

ST Aerospace (Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd) is the aerospace arm of ST Engineering with revenue of $2.09b in FY2015. Operating a global MRO network with facilities and affiliates in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, it is the world’s largest commercial airframe MRO provider with a global customer base that includes leading airlines, airfreight and military operators. ST Aerospace is an integrated service provider that offers a spectrum of maintenance and engineering services that include airframe, engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering design and technical services; and aviation materials and asset management services, including Total Aviation Support. ST Aerospace has a global staff strength of around 8,000 employees worldwide.


Project 1:Decoupling part geometry from microstructure in directed energy deposition technology: towards reliable 3D printing of metallic components"

Supervisor: Asst Prof Matteo Seita

Additive manufacturing enables the production of components with arbitrary geometries by assembling voxels of material in complex 3D shapes. One of the downsides of this versatility is that the geometry of 3D printed metallic materials also dictates their microstructure. Because of the coupling between geometry and microstructure, it is difficult to print metal parts with uniform microstructure and thus reliable mechanical properties. The goal of this project is to investigate the intertwined relationships between path geometry and microstructure of titanium-base alloys using Directed Energy Deposition (DED) technology and to develop an additive manufacturing standard for printing consistent parts with reliable mechanical performance.


Project 2: “A data driven closed loop feedback system to improve quality in additive manufacturing”

Supervisor: Asst Prof Moon Seung Ki

3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM) offers numerous advantages including the capability of producing sophisticated and customizable components, reduction in production time and flexibility to be used for the variety of repairs and freeform fabrication. Despite its apparent benefits, the use of the AM technologies is still regarded as an exception in industrial application mainly due to two reasons: Quality and Repeatability. This PhD research is focused on improving the quality by investigating process parameters that affect the quality of 3D printed parts, and identifying the relationship between the parameters and the quality using multivariate statistical analysis and data mining techniques.


ST Aerospace projects are pending EDB approval.


Eligibility criteria:

-       Singapore Citizens/ PRs Only

-       Eligible for PhD studies with a good Bachelor degree (at least 2nd Upper Honours)

-       Jointly selected by Company and University


Support provided:

-       Full sponsorship for PhD studies under the EDB-IPP scheme with the company

-       Company provides and drives industry project with student through close supervision by academic partner

-       Monthly salary and CPF contributions pegged at prevailing employer’s contribution rate

-       Other terms and conditions are subjected to offer details provided by the company upon confirmation​


  • ​Luxembourg and Singapore Research Collaboration (NTU-LIST)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) have agreed to conduct joint research involving 3D printable composites. This new partnership will combine both cutting-edge 3D printing technologies of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing at NTU, and LIST’s deep expertise in polymers and nanocomposites, which will help overcome current limitations and challenges in 3D printing of composites. As 3D printing is viewed as a disruptive and pervasive technology, the partnership will also develop best practices to encourage the adoption, as well as support the potential transformation and transition of the composites industry.


Project 1: Post-processing and polymerization characteristics of 3D printed resins composites

Supervisor: A/P Seah Leong Keey

This project aims to study the influence of the fibre-resins interface/bonding on the mechanical properties of 3D printed composites.  Depending on the types of fibre and resin used, difference post processing technique needs to be considered for the optimum curing of the 3D printed composite. The project scope includes understanding the polymerization characteristics of 3D printed resins composites, the influence of the fibre-resins interface/bonding on the mechanical properties of 3D printed composites, and developing a suitable post processing technique for 3D printed resins composite as well as a rule based expert system for controlling the post processing of the 3D printed resins composites.


Project 2: Robotics for fibre-reinforced manufacturing: from 2½D to truly 3D printing

Supervisor: A/P Domenico Campolo

This project aims to develop the capabilities for an entire solution to automated production of functional prototypes based on fibre-reinforced additive manufacturing. The specific aim is to deploy state-of-the art, multiple-arm, industrial robotic manipulators to extend current solutions of feeding continuous strands of fibre reinforcement material into objects, from 2½D to full 3D printing. Current solutions, in fact, rely on a standard stacking up of layers in the vertical directions (2½D) while multi-manipulator robotic technologies would allow virtually any directions (3D).


Project 3: A Material Delivery system for 3D printing of reinforced composites

Supervisor: A/P Ong Lin Seng ​

The goal for this project is to conceptualize an additive manufacturing system that can print 3D objects with composite materials. It will focus on conceptual design, analysis and prototypes of essential material delivery system and relevant components for the 3D printing system. The project aims to accomplish the followings:

•          Generate the design requirements of the essential material delivery system components

•          Propose methods of dispensing/feeding raw materials to the 3D printer

•          Propose methods of mixing the matrix and fibres nozzle design and the heat requirements

•          Realize the interface and integration of essential material delivery system components


Eligibility criteria:

-          Singapore Citizens Only

-          Passion for research, and a First Class Honours Degree


Support provided:

-          Full sponsorship for PhD studies

-          Monthly Remuneration of $3,400 [with CPF contribution]

-          Flexible Benefits up to $2,350 per annum

-          Insurance Benefits up to $1,600 per annum

Act today! 
To apply for the above-mentioned projects, email​​ your CV and current CGPA score  
indicating the project title​. ​