Associate Professor Tor Shu Beng
Interim Executive Director, SC3DP
The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) was officially
launched on 1 December 2014 and funded by the National Research Foundation
(NRF). SC3DP is also the NTU translation and capability development hub for the
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), led by NTUitive.
According to the Wohlers report, the additive manufacturing
industry grew by 21% to $7.336 billion in 2018, and is forecasted to climb to
$35.6 billion by 2024. With a rising demand for customised products, additive
manufacturing is set to move beyond the prototyping stage and finds relevance
in almost all industries. To take advantage of this tremendous growth, SC3DP
will collaborate with leading industry partners to undertake research work in 6
identified industry pillars: (1) Aerospace and Defence, (2) Building and
Construction, (3) Marine and Offshore (4) Future of Manufacturing (5)
Bioprinting and Food and (6) Electronics.
With a pool of multi-national and multi-disciplinary
researchers and staff, SC3DP aims to create a vibrant and collaborative
research space. SC3DP is one of the leading research institutes in additive
manufacturing and has published a large volume of research papers in the field.
SC3DP works very closely with local and international companies and enterprises
on innovation and development of 3D printing for industry use, and facilitates
industry seminars and visits to our laboratories for industry players to explore
the potential of 3D printing.
Going forward, SC3DP will continue to pursue research into
design and material development. There will also be a stronger focus on
technology translation and establishing standards and certification for
By enabling research development, technology translation and
development of standards and certification, SC3DP strives to position Singapore
as a leader in this new and fast growing technology, and further strengthen
Singapore’s existing strong manufacturing capabilities.