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​SkillsFuture Series: 3D Printing for Rapid Product Development 

Published on: 22-Jan-2019

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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: 22, 25, 26 and 27 March 2019

Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm

For registration and full course details, please visit the Centre for Continuing Education HERE.

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