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Singapore Centre for 3D Printing

The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) serves to drive research development and industry adoption of additive manufacturing technology through 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).


Research Programmes​

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.


​Aerospace & Defence
​Future of Manufact​uring

​Building & Construction
​Biomedical & Food

​Marine & Offshore
​Electronics
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Graduate Program​mes​

SC3DP offers PhD and Ma​sters 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

SC3DP forms a vibrant research space where researchers develop diverse and innovative technologies for licensing.


Research Stories


SC3DP unveils a full sized 3D printed concrete Prefabricated Bathroom Unit (PBU)

Researchers from the Building ​and Constru​ction 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 b​y 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.

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SC3DP researchers develops 3D printing method to improve strength and ductility of stainless steels

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 & Design.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Tan Xipeng, explains that their res​earch 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.

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SC3DP researchers investigate 3D printing method to improve interlaminar properties of continuous reinforced nylon

Researchers from the Aerospace and Defence programme have characterized the mechanical properties of the 3D printed continuous fiber reinforced nylon and investigated the fracture mechanisms.

Led by Associate Professor Yeong Wai Yee, the team’s findings were published in top tier journals like Advanced Materials Technologies, and Materials & Design.

Their research is focused on the study of the effect of the process parameters on the interlaminar properties of the 3D printed continuous fiber reinforced nylon. The tensile strength of the carbon fiber composite was found to be 700 MPa (~10 times higher than normal thermoplastics) making it suitable for industries like aerospace & defense.

The team looks to develop a new method to further improvethe interlaminar properties of the fiber-reinforced nylon.​

  
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