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WSQ 3D Printing for Rapid Product Development 


This course is no longer offered at NTU Centre for Continuing Education.

The Economist has forecasted 3D Printing to be the third industrial revolution due to its prospects of driving a new type of manufacturing industry. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day Rally 2013 that we should 3D print things that make a difference to our lives.

Opposed to a conventional machining process which takes away excess material from a block of workpiece, 3D Printing or Rapid Prototyping (RP) or Additive Manufacturing (AM) produces parts by building one layer upon another in a horizontal manner. This offers many advantages over machining limitations such as the capability to produce complex and difficult-to-machine models (eg. a sphere in a thin-necked bottle, straight corners of pockets in typical engineering components, a small, intricate jewellery ring). Jigs and fixtures are also no longer needed.

Because 3D Printing, RP or AM is linked to CAD/CAM systems, it is able to produce a component in a short turn around time. As a result, it has great potential, especially for today's products which have very short product life.

There are currently no less than 30 different 3D Printing, RP or AM systems namely, Stereolithography (SLA), Polyjet Technology, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM), Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Three-Dimensional Printing (3DP), MCor Technology, Two-Laser-Beam Technology, Solid Creation System (SCS) and EOS's EOSINT Systems. Among the newer systems are Plastic Sheet Lamination (PSL), Arcam's Electron Beam Melting and Efesto’s LENS Technology. The course will explain the working principles of the mature technologies and compare their strengths and weaknesses. 


1. To understand the motivation behind 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP) or Additive Manufacturing (AM)
2. To familiarise with the various 3D Printing techniques so as to compare their strengths and limitations
3. To be acquainted with STL (StereoLithography), its format, problems and repair
4. To know the application areas and be exposed to industrial case studies
5. To learn about bureau service, benchmarking methodology, growth and trends

Underpinning Knowledge:
1. Know the definitions, concepts and process chain of 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing.
2. Understand the products, process, pros and cons, and applications of each 3D Printing technique
3. Expose to the industrial case studies in fields such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products, arts, architecture, construction, weapon, food, garments (fashion) and biomedical engineering.


Day 1 - Fusion@MAE Seminar Room (N3.1-B3C-06)
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 - Computer Aided Engineering Lab (N3-B3b-05) & Fusion@MAE Seminar Room
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 – NTU Additive Manufacturing Centre, Hall 7, NTU Yunnan Campus
Attend a workshop on 6 AM or 3D Printing systems
• Watch and understand 6 AM systems in action. The AM systems include Selective Laser Sintering, Electron Beam Melting, Selective Laser Melting, Fused Deposition, Bioprinting and Polyjet Technology

Day 4 - Computer Aided Engineering Lab (N3-B3b-05) & Fusion@MAE Seminar Room
Understand AM data format, applications areas and examples in industry
• Understand bureau service, benchmarking methodology, growth and trends
* Summative Assessment

WDA Certification
Upon completion and passing of all required assessments, participants will receive a formal recognition through the award of a Statement of Attainment (SOA)^ from the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).
^The SOA is a nationally-recognized qualification by WDA indicating the participant’s ability of competence in a particular area to perform a task appropriate to her/his occupational level and work demands.

Absentee Payroll Grant
• With effect from 1 Jul 2010, all Absentee Payroll Grants will be applicable via the SkillsConnect system
• You are required to login with a valid SingPass, with authorised access from your organisation as well.
Please contact WDA for more information regarding absentee payroll grant.  


Professor Chua, Chee Kai

Dr Chua Chee Kai is a Professor and Chair of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He holds a PhD, NTU, M.Sc (Ind) and B.Eng (Mech), NUS.

Dr Chua has been involved in 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing (AM) or Rapid Prototyping (RP) since 1990. At NTU, he has helped in the application of 3D Printing to products like consumer goods, coins, jewelleries and bio-medical applications. On-going research at NTU include development of new AM processes, novel materials on various 3D printers, applications of AM systems for aerospace, construction, tissue engineering, biomedical engineering and defence. For his research in 3D Printing, he is the world’s most published and most cited researcher according to Science Citation Index (SCI) of Thomson Reuters. In 2013, he was awarded “Academic Career Award” at the 6th International Conference in Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping (VRAP), 1 to 5 October 2013, Leiria, Portugal for his contributions in 3D Printing.

He has been invited as a keynote speaker to conferences and meetings to speak on the “Trends of Rapid Prototyping” since 1994. He has sat on the International Programme Committee for more than 10 International Conferences devoted to 3D Printing and has been consulted by industries on 3D Printing-related problems. He has contributed more than 200 publications in local seminars, technical talks, international conferences, journals, books, books chapters and patent. He had conducted this course more than 46 times since 1991 for the industry excluding in-house AM courses for Maxtor, Thomson Multimedia, Tyco Electronics, SIMTech, NUS High School, DSO and OSIM.

Dr Chua is the co-author of the book, entitled "Rapid Prototyping: Principles & Applications in manufacturing" published in 1997 He is now working on the 4th edition.

Who Should Attend

The 3D Printing, RP or AM course relates to all personnel needing to build prototypes for design and manufacturing. Through the course it may assist them to better utilise this technology to save time and cost, amongst other benefits. Relevant occupations include;
• Engineering Managers
• Product Designers
• Academics and Researchers

Criteria for WSQ Funding and Certification
Fee with WSQ funding: $487.60 (inclusive of GST)*conditions apply
To be eligible, participants:
- must be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents of Singapore
- may be employer-sponsored, self-sponsored or unemployed
- achieve 75% attendance
- pass all required assessments (include a re-test within 2 weeks from course end date)
*Participants who do not fulfill the above criteria are not eligible for WSQ funding and certification, and are required to pay the course fee in full.  



14, 17, 18 and 21 July 2014 


9:00am to 5:00pm 


Fusion@MAE Seminar Room (N3.1-B3C-06) , Nanyang Technological University 

Closing Date:

30 June 2014 

Course Fee:

Standard: S$1625.33  

NTU/NIE Alumni, Staff & Students: S$1625.33  

Group (3 & Above): S$1625.33

NTUC Member: S$1625.33


Registration fees inclusive of:

  • Course materials

  • Light refreshments

  • Complimentary Lunch - applicable at NTU@one-north campus only

  • Prevailing GST

Online Registration

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Methods of Payment

1. Credit Card (Visa, American Express and Mastercard only)

2. Cheque made payable to Nanyang Technological University

3. Invoice to Company (for Company Sponsored Participants)

4. E-invoice (for Government Organizations)

5. Telegraphic Transfer or Bank Draft (Note: All related charges are to be borne by participant)

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A written notification to pace@ntu.edu.sg or fax to

6774 2911 before course closing date.

No cancellation charges (Full refund)



A written notification on or after course closing date.

No Refund

SkillsFuture Credit (if applicable):
- Participant to cancel their claim with WDA
- PaCE@NTU reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant

Replacement Policy

Given a 3 days notice before course commencement, companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course. Terms and conditions apply.


There is no replacement for participant utilising SkillsFuture Credit. Participant to cancel their SkillsFuture Credit claim with WDA.

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