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3D Printing for Rapid Product Development (SF Series) 


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


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

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  


Professor Chua, Chee Kai

Professor Chua Chee Kai is a professor of Nanyang Technologic University, Singapore (NTU, Singapore) and the Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP). He is an active contributor to the additive manufacturing (AM) field for over 28 years. Professor Chua began his journey into AM in 1990. Now, his ongoing research at NTU Singapore are concerned mainly with powder bed fusion processes such as selective laser sintering and selective laser melting, bioprinting, 4D printing and food printing. He has made a number of major contributions in these areas. Specifically, his re-design and re-modeling of additive manufacturing processes for fabrication of innovative products and devices such tissue engineering scaffolds are highly regarded by the scientific community.

Professor Chua won the prestigious International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award 2018. In 2014, Professor Chua was elected as the top scientist in his research field of AM by Clarivate Analytics, and has maintained his position as one of the most cited scientists in AM 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 9300 citations and a H index of 49 (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”. He is also the chief editor of the International Journal of Bioprinting and co chief editor of the “Virtual and Physical Prototyping” international journal.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, Engineering Managers, Product Designers, Business Development, Academics and Researchers.

Fee payable table under new SF Series Funding
Sponsorship/Fees Before GST* (SG/SPR) ETSS MCES WTS
Company sponsored $780.00 $260.00 $260.00 $130.00
Self sponsored $780.00 NA $260.00 $130.00



22 to 27 March 2019 (Max class size 30, register early! ) 


9:00am to 5:00pm 


Fusion @ MAE Seminar Room (N3.1 –B3C – 06) (Complimentary lunch included) 

Closing Date:

5 March 2019 

Course Fee:

Standard: S$2600  

NTU/NIE Alumni, Staff & Students: S$2080  

Group (3 & Above): S$2340

NTUC Member: S$2340


Registration fees inclusive of:

  • Course materials

  • Light refreshments

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

  • Prevailing GST

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2. Cheque made payable to Nanyang Technological University

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4. E-invoice (for Government Organizations)

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

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6774 2911 before course closing date.

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