NUS launches new Centre for 3D printing
THE National University of Singapore (NUS) formally opened its own additive manufacturing centre on 21 July 2017. Mr Amrin Amin, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, launched the Centre at the NAMIC (National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster) Healthcare Summit.
Named the NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS), the establishment of the Centre is jointly supported by NUS, NAMIC, and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) with a funding of S$18 million. AM.NUS will develop and apply ground-breaking 3D-printing technology in the biomedical and healthcare fields. The new Centre will also leverage NUS’ expertise from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Dentistry and School of Design and Environment, to boost the University’s capabilities in the AM-enabled technologies.
Said Professor Jerry Fuh Ying-Hsi, Co-Director of AM.NUS, Thrust Lead of Restorative Repair & Implants, and from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, “The NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing will play a critical role in supporting Singapore’s vision of becoming a leading AM hub. Through this inter-faculty pooling of expertise, we hope to boost technology capabilities, as well as advance intellectual property development and commercialisation of AM-enabled biomedical technologies.”
AM.NUS consists of two laboratories – one located at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the other at NUS Engineering. The facilities are equipped with the latest AM equipment, including powder-, plastics- and liquid- based printers, 3D scanners, CAD image processing and design software, as well as testing and validation facilities.
In addition, AM.NUS will work with several industry partners to develop and transfer 3D-printing technologies for biomedical applications. So far, four partners have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with AM.NUS. They include Creatz3D, Dou Yee Enterprises, Forefront Additive Manufacturing, and Osteopore International.