The Singapore Centre for 3D
Printing (SC3DP) serves to drive research development
and industry adoption of additive manufacturing
technology though collaborative projects with leading industry partners, and with schools and research centres within and beyond the University.
SC3DP is funded by National Research
Foundation (NRF), and supported by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU, Singapore), external industry partners, Economic Development Board (EDB) and Agency for
Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
SC3DP identifies 6 key industry areas that would benefit from the introduction of new capabilities and know how, and works closely with the respective industry partners on their specific needs.
||Building & Construction
||Biomedical & Food
||Marine & Offshore
offers PhD and Masters programmes in Additive Manufacturing, and provides
a world-class platform to achieve in depth research with its strong faculty and
wide range of facilities.
Innovation and Technology
forms a vibrant research space where researchers develop diverse and innovative
technologies for licensing.
a full sized 3D printed concrete Prefabricated Bathroom Unit (PBU)
Researchers from the Building and
Construction programme have developed the capability to 3D print an unfurnished
bathroom in about 9 hours. They have also discovered that this method of 3D
printing builds prefabricated bathroom units (PBU) about 30% more quickly and
30% lighter than current PBUs.
This innovation was developed by a joint
research team led by Professor Tan Ming Jen in partnership with Sembcorp Design
and Construction, and Sembcorp Architects & Engineers.
This Proof-of-Concept aims to improve
productivity for Singapore's building and construction industry through the use
of digital and robotic fabrication methods to reduce skilled labour and
manpower requirements. Moving forward, the team looks to getting the PBU
certified by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), and to
commercialise the technology.
develops 3D printing method to improve strength and ductility of stainless
Researchers from the Marine and Offshore programme have developed a method new using Selective Laser Melting (SLM) to
print stainless steel 316L and titanium with outstanding mechanical properties.
Led by Associate Professor Tor Shu Beng,
the team’s findings were published in top tier journals like NPG
Asia Materials and Materials
Senior Research Fellow Dr Tan Xipeng,
explains that their research on melt pool control and microstructural
engineering allows them to selectively melt metal powders and align them into a
zig-zag pattern microstructure, which cannot be reproduced by traditional
processes. This leads to 40% stronger and 40% more ductile printed parts for different industries spanning from
aviation to marine and offshore.
The team looks to develop a new class of
alloys, such as high entropy alloys, with higher strength and ductility.