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Building 3D objects layer-by-layer, commonly known as 3D Additive Manufacturing (AM), is one of the most sought after manufacturing technologies today for high value add engineering applications. Advantages of 3D AM technology include design flexibility and variety for high-mix low-volume production setting, capability to build intricate objects with internal features, which would be challenging for other manufacturing processes (e.g. molding, casting, forging, machining) to achieve, as well as minimum assembly required for moving parts. Being a tool-less manufacturing process, 3D AM offers faster lead time for complex and customised products. The various systems under the 3D AM umbrella share the main principle of building 3D objects layer-by-layer according to each layer’s cross-sectional area. The Wohlers Report 2017 stated that the worldwide AM industry was expected to grow from US$ 6 billion in 2016 to US$ 26.2 billion by 2022.

This course provides a holistic understanding of the concept and fundamentals of 3D AM. It will cover principles, methodology and usage of specific 3D AM systems, along with understanding of necessary post-processing of AM products, which are critical in identifying suitable 3D AM technology to manufacture customised and complex 3D parts. During this course, the participants’ awareness and interest in adopting 3D AM will be created. Furthermore, their competency skills in 3D AM will be enhanced, thus allowing them to acquire new skills, knowledge and technical expertise to stay relevant and competitive.

Why This Course

  • Designed to specially cater to Singapore industry demand
  • Delivered by technology and business experts in 3D additive manufacturing industry
  • Highly practical and intensive
  • Latest knowledge and up-to-date technologies via industrial case studies
Who Should Attend

This course is designed to meet the objectives of providing skills training for professionals, managers, executives and technicians working on testing, design, processes, production, reliability and quality improvement in manufacturing industries, such as aerospace, biomedical, medical technology, electronics, precision engineering, automotive and general manufacturing, etc.

Participants will be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Precision Engineering after successfully completing five modules. Alternatively, participants will be awarded an electronic Statement of Attainment by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) for completing any modules of their choice.

Since 3 November 2014, electronic certificates (e-Certs) are issued by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to participants who have attended and attained competency in the Singapore Skills Framework training modules. Visit here for more information about the e-Cert. Visit here for more information about the e-Cert.


Module | Smart Additive Manufacturing Systems (45 hours)


3D additive manufacturing (AM) is a disruptive technology that is fundamentally distinct from conventional manufacturing technologies. This module provides the introduction and overview to 3D AM, as well as unequivocal advantages of 3D AM to manufacture complex and customised functional parts. It offers participants the opportunity to appreciate the uniqueness of 3D AM technology, the importance of digital manufacturing and the understanding of necessary design requirements for additive manufacturing. Participants will also integrate AM and implement procedures and operations according to standards and WSH requirements.


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Building 3D objects layer-by-layer, commonly known as 3D Additive Manufacturing (AM), is one of the most sought after manufacturing technologies today for high-value added engineering applications. Advantages of 3D AM technology include design flexibility and variety for high-mix low-volume production setting, capability to build intricate objects with internal features, which would be challenging for other manufacturing processes (such as molding or casting) as well as minimum assembly required for moving parts. Being a tool-less manufacturing process, 3D AM offers faster lead time for complex and customised products. The various 3D AM systems share the main principle of building 3D objects layer-by-layer according to each layer’s cross-sectional area. The Wohlers Report 2017 stated that the worldwide AM industry was expected to grow from US$ 6 billion in 2016 to US$ 26.2 billion by 2022.

This module provides the introduction and overview to 3D additive manufacturing, as well as unequivocal advantages of 3D AM to manufacture complex and customised functional parts. It offers participants the opportunity to appreciate the uniqueness of 3D AM technology, the importance of digital manufacturing and the understanding of necessary design requirements for additive manufacturing. Participants will also integrate AM, while implement procedures and operations according to standards and WSH requirements.


  • Designed specifically to meet Singapore’s industry demand
  • Delivered by technology experts with many years of industrial projects’ experience
  • Highly practical and hands-on work intensive
  • Latest knowledge and up-to-date technologies via industrial case-studies


This module allows participants to learn about the wide range of additive manufacturing technologies to fabricate metallic, polymeric and ceramic components. Participants gain understanding of the entire process flow (pre- and post-processing) that is critical for additive manufactured components. With the guidance of industrial experts in additive manufacturing, participants receive hands-on experience on reverse engineering and learn to conduct computational analysis and topology optimisation for additive manufacturing.

Contents covered in this module include:

  • Background: history, evolution, distinction between AM and Subtractive Manufacturing (SM); value-add of AM with traditional precision manufacturing processes for component manufacturing
  • Fundamentals and characteristics of key AM processes
  • Materials and equipment systems for AM
  • Post-processes and quality assessment of AM parts
  • Print file preparation and optimised support structure placement
  • Reverse engineering and design for additive manufacturing (DfAM)
  • AM international standards, qualification, workplace safety and health (WSH) regulations
  • Industrial applications and case studies of additive manufactured components
  • Principles of computational analysis and fundamentals of topology optimisation for AM
  • Project work on virtual design and simulation of components for AM



 
Dr Sharon Nai is a Senior Scientist with SIMTech and leads both the 3D Additive Manufacturing team and Forming Technology Group. Dr Nai holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. Her research areas include 3D printing of metallic structures for structural and functional applications, design and development of new alloys and metal matrix composites for 3D printing, and metal powder atomization and processing. Dr Nai has extensive experience in leading research and industry projects with local and international collaborators. She has published 2 books, 2 book chapters and over 130 international journal and conference papers
   

Dr Stefanie Feih is a Senior Scientist in SIMTech with strong international research experience in the analysis, design and optimisation of lightweight structures. Dr Feih holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Germany, a Master Degree from Cornell University, USA, and was awarded her Ph.D. from Cambridge University, UK, in 2002. Dr Feih has extensive experience in managing research projects with strong collaborative aspects with local industry and international research partners and has published over 140 internationally published journal and conference papers. Industry applications for her work include wind, naval, O&G offshore and aerospace structures.


Dr Sun Chen-Nan is a Scientist with SIMTech’s 3D Additive Manufacturing Team. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Virginia, USA. Dr Sun worked for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Taiwan, and National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), USA, before moving to Singapore in 2011. His research interests include laser processing of materials, electronic materials, and semiconductor device fabrication. Dr Sun has led the development of selective laser melting (SLM) technology at SIMTech for a variety of industrial applications. He has published one book chapter and over 70 international journal and conference papers on 3D additive manufacturing processes and material.


Module | Review Powder-bed Additive Manufacturing Processes for Complex Functional Metallic Components (45 hours)


This module covers metal powder fabrication as feedstock for powder-bed 3D AM systems and the powder characteristics critical for AM processing. Also addressed in the module are the key powder-bed metal AM processes, for example Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Electron Beam Melting (EBM) and metal binder jetting technologies, to manufacture complex functional metallic parts. The industrial applications and relevant post-processing of such AM metallic components will also be shared with industrial case studies.

We are in the process of developing the programme contents. Please visit our website at a later date for more information.
 
 


Module | Review High Speed Laser Welding and Additive Manufacturing for Metallic Components (42 hours)

This module will bring participants to delve into electron beam-based and laser-based AM technologies which enable the manufacturing of large format metallic components. They include wire-fed, powder-blown and hybrid processes that allow high speed manufacturing. The industrial applications and relevant post-processing of such metallic components will also be shared with industrial case studies.

We are in the process of developing the programme contents. Please visit our website at a later date for more information.


Module | Review Polymer-based Additive Manufacturing Processes for Flexible Mass Customisation (45 hours)



Products from polymeric 3D AM systems are known for their accuracy and excellent surface finish. Participants will be introduced to the photopolymerization process in liquid-based polymeric 3D AM technologies and solid-based polymeric 3D AM technologies which use precursor materials such as polymeric powder or filaments. Liquid-based polymeric 3D AM technologies such as stereolithography and polymer jetting will be covered. Also shared in this module are the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), powder-bed inkjet 3D printing and Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technologies. Furthermore, the industrial applications and relevant post-processing of such polymeric components will also be shared with industrial case studies.

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This course aims to introduce the fundamental concept and theoretical knowledge of polymer-based additive manufacturing (AM) processes to address high-mix low-volume production for applications in the Precision Engineering industry, as well as other related industrial sectors.

Participants will acquire knowledge and skills on material and polymer AM selection to fulfil specific functional requirements. New insight, understanding and more in-depth perspective are gained on various polymer-based AM processes, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modelling, polymer jetting and other upcoming polymer AM processes. The course includes industrial case studies and practical lab sessions to substantiate technology adoption of polymer AM processes in actual production.
 


  • Designed specifically to meet Singapore’s industry demand
  • Delivered by technology experts with many years of industrial projects’ experience
  • Highly practical and hands-on work intensive
  • Latest knowledge and up-to-date technologies via industrial case-studies


This course is targeted at operation managers, manufacturing managers/engineers, production planning engineers, materials engineers, mechanical engineers, production engineers, foremen and skilled operators, quality control managers/engineers, materials purchasing engineers, laboratory managers and engineers, as well as all manufacturing industries with forming processes such as precision engineering, aerospace, biomedical, automotive, and electronics sectors.

 



This module is designed to equip participants with industrial knowledge of polymer-based additive manufacturing (AM) processes.

Contents covered in this module include:
  • Polymer materials used in additive manufacturing
  • Principles of various polymer-based additive manufacturing systems
  • Vat photopolymerisation (stereolithography) • Material jetting (3D polymer jetting)
  • Powder-bed fusion polymer additive manufacturing (selective laser sintering)
  • Polymer powder-bed inkjet 3D printing
  • Material extrusion process (fused deposition modelling)
  • Post-processing of polymer additive manufacturing parts
  • Design guidelines and file preparation of specific polymer additive manufacturing systems
  • Advantages and challenges in additively manufactured polymer parts
  • Industrial applications and case studies of polymer additive manufactured components
  • Quality assessment of polymer additive manufactured parts and material feedstock
  • Project-based case studies on polymer-based additive manufacturing systems


  Dr Florencia Edith Wiria is a Scientist with the 3D Additive Manufacturing Team at SIMTech. She obtained her PhD degree from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research career concentrates on process and material development for 3D printing systems, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, powder-bed inkjet 3D printer, polymer jetting, fused deposition modeling, and selective laser melting. She has led research and industry projects involving materials and their composites for 3D printing of functional components. She has 1 patent filing application and published over 50 international journal and conference papers.

View Dr Florencia's researcher portfolio here.
   


Dr Ng Feng Lin is a Scientist with the Forming Technology Group at SIMTech. She received her Honours Bachelor’s degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2004. She is also a recipient of the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship in 2014 and will be completing her PhD in 2019. Prior to her further studies, she has been working closely with the industry on polymer processing and characterisation to fulfil various industrial requirements. Her current research focuses on polymeric processing, 3D printing process development and its relevant characterisation.


Module | Plan and Manage Project for Implementation



This module covers the methods for planning, executing and managing projects for developing technology, products and processes. It teaches the applications of project planning tools and skills for managing uncertainties and disruptions in project activities. Human, financial and business factors that influence the conduct of projects will be considered and explored.
 

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  • Applicants should possess a degree in any discipline or a diploma with a minimum of 3 years of related working experience.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Module Names

Full Course Fee (before SkillsFuture Funding and GST)

Type of Sponsorship
Smart Additive Manufacturing System

$5,000
Review Powder-bed Additive Manufacturing Processes for Complex Functional Metallic Components

$4,000







Review High Speed Additive Manufacturing Processes for Metallic Components

$4,000
Review Polymer-based Additive Manufacturing Processes for Flexible Mass Customisation

$4,000

Plan and Manage Project for Implementation

$4,000

    Funding Schemes for this Programme:



    Please note that fees and funding amount are subject to change.

    For more information on the SkillsFuture funding you are eligible for, please visit www.ssg.gov.sg

     


    Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

    2 Fusionopolis Way, Innovis, Level 8
    Singapore 138634

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    PE WSQ Graduate Diploma in Additive Manufacturing

    Module Names

    Skills Course Reference Number

    Schedule Dates

    Registration

    Smart Additive Manufacturing System (45 hours)

    CRS-Q-0034477-PRE

    17 Sep 2019 - 5 Nov 2019


    Review Powder-bed Additive Manufacturing Processes for Complex Functional Metallic Components (45 hours)

    CRS-Q-0036892-PRE
     

    7 Jan 2020 - 3 Mar 2020


    Review High Speed Laser Welding and Additive Manufacturing for Metallic Components (42 hours)

    CRS-Q-0037279-PRE
    10 Mar 2020 - 23 Apr 2020

    Review Polymer-based Additive Manufacturing Processes for Flexible Mass Customisation (45 hours)

    CRS-Q-0038631-PRE
     

    28 Apr 2020 - 21 Jul 2020


    Plan and Manage Project for Implementation (30 hours)

    CRS-Q-0033821-PRE



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