4 Innovation Centres

Precision Engineering Centre of Innovation



Precision Engineering (PE) is the fundamental building block of manufacturing. From nanoscale dimensional semiconductor chips to the tough drill bits used in oil exploration, the PE sector is critical to the electronics, aerospace, automotive, marine & offshore and MedTech industries. Its role in the Singapore industrial landscape is evident as the PE industry employs a quarter of the local manufacturing workforce.


PE COI aims to support Precision Engineering companies in leveraging SIMTech’s manufacturing technologies to sustain, transform and advance their businesses locally and internationally.

PE COI upgrades the precision engineering industry through:

  • Industry Development
    • Assist companies’ transition towards sustainable operations
    • Create industry initiatives to help local PE companies to venture into high growth industries
    • Provide advisory support and consultancy

  • Technology Transfer
    • Develop capabilities and Intellectual Property on process and automation technologies
    • Transfer technologies to the local PE industry

  • Knowledge Transfer
    • Offer specialist skills training: Precision Engineering (PE) SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Graduate Diploma courses
    • Organise seminars and workshops

  • Showcase & Promotion
    • Showcase material, process and product innovation
    • Promote business model and operations innovation
    • Organise seminars, conferences, roundtables and networking sessions


PE COI offers a wide range of technologies and know-how that cater to diverse markets and industries:

  • Forming:
    Cold forging, Micro-forming, Precision rotary forming, Liquid forging, Polymer injection moulding, Micro-moulding, Injection/expansion/compression technology, Compounding of polymer, Processing polymer composite, Powder injection moulding of metals and ceramics

  • Joining and Machining:
    Arc welding (including TIG, MIG, and plasma welding) and cladding, Laser welding, Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (LAAM), Resistance welding, 3D Additive Manufacturing, Diffusion bonding, Brazing, Soldering, Ultrasonic Welding, Adhesive bonding, Sealing and Lamination, Micro/ Nano-joining, Thermal Management, Carbon nanotube and Graphene (dispersion, interconnection, electrode and nano-composites)
    Micro-machining, 5-axis machining, Ultra-precision machining, Ultrasonic assisted machining, Cutter development, Gun Drilling, CAD/CAM, Surface finishing, Edge deburring, Laser technologies, Cleaning, Cutting, Drilling, Micro-structuring and Surface modification

  • Surface Engineering:
    Super-hard coatings for wear resistance, dry lubrication, anti-stick and anti-corrosion for use in cutting tools, bearing, wear parts, moulds and dies, Hybrid composite coatings for anti-slip, easy-or self-cleaning and decoration

  • Mechatronics:
    Precision machine design, Motion calibration, Multi-axis motion control, 3D error compensation, Machine vibration control, Automation and robotics

  • Precision Measurements:
    Optic design and simulation, Optical system integration and characterisation, Machine vision system, Image processing, 3D surface measurement, 2D and 3D defect inspection, Metrology and thermal analysis

The Centre will be a front for industry engagement with SIMTech's technologies; and several initiatives will be rolled out for different segments of the industries tackling different precision engineering issues.

Platform Technology on Large Format 3D Printing with Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (LAAM)

The LAAM technology utilises high energy laser beam for material deposition which enables 3D additive manufacturing, surface modification and repair with high flexibility. LAAM can achieve good mechanical properties, wear and corrosion resistance. The adoption of this technology allows companies to explore new applications and business opportunities.

Contact: Mr Tan Lye King
Tel: (65) 6793 8290
Email: tanlk@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

CIP on 3D Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities of Metal and Polymer Parts

This CIP aims to enhance companies’ competency in 3D AM, allowing them to explore new business opportunities and growth, and upgrade their manufacturing capabilities, allowing them to capture new markets of high-value added components.  

Contact: Mr Tan Lye King
Tel: (65) 6793 8290
Email: tanlk@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

CIP on Advanced Machining Dynamics Analysis Technology for Productivity and Quality Improvement

This CIP aims to improve the machining productivity and quality of local manufacturing industry in precision machining of steel and non-ferrous metals by transferring technology and customising processes

Contact: Ms Charlotte Lim
Tel: (65) 6590 3172
Email: charlotte-lim@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

Platform Technology on Functional Coatings for Glass & Ceramics

Functional coatings provide additional functions apart from the protective and decorative uses. Functional properties can be diverse. Glass and ceramics are frequently used to be functionally coated for many different purposes.

Contact: Mr Goh Chee Chien
Tel: (65) 6510 1692
Email: gohcc@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg 

Platform Technology on Protective Coating Technologies against Wear and Corrosion

This CIP is to develop and apply advanced surface coating processes such as Physical Vapour Deposition, Thermal Spray, Electrochemical, Anodising, Electroplating, and Conversion Coatings, including corrosion assessment and analysis to create new surface protection solutions that are more cost-effective, as well as increasing productivity and/or to improve protective performance pertaining to surface quality and morphology.  

Contact: Mr Goh Chee Chien
Tel: (65) 6510 1692
Email: gohcc@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

Platform Technology on SIMTech Scalable Mobile Platform (SMP) Programme

SIMTech Scalable Mobile Platform (SMP), with powered castor wheels features, enables the development of customised mobile platform to suit different needs. SMP, together with the control software, can realise high mobility critical for easy manoeuvring in cramped spaces and for effective docking.  

Contact: Mr Tan Chee Tat
Tel: (65) 6510 1699
Email: cttan@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

Platform Technology on SIMTech SECS/GEM in High Speed Message Service

Manufacturers require their plant manufacturing equipment to communicate using the SECS/GEM connectivity standards.  

SIMTech SECS/GEM in HSMS-SS (High Speed Message Service – Single Session) is the software platform that enables any equipment with SECS/GEM to perform data communication between Host and equipment over TCP line. This is done by utilising both the configurable lookup table and socket base messages services.  

Contact: Mr Tan Chee Tat
Tel: (65) 6510 1699
Email: cttan@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg


  • Material Innovation
    PE COI assists companies to explore innovating new materials to enhance the performance of processes and products.
    • Sol-Gel Coating
    • High Thermal Conductivity Burn Relief Applications
  • Process Innovation
    PE COI works with companies to develop innovative processes to manufacture products with cost effectiveness and in shorter time with SIMTech’s manufacturing expertise.
    • 3D Additive Manufacturing Technologies
    • Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (LAAM) for Repair of Turbocharger Components
    • Quick Machining Vibration Solver and Optimiser
    • Liquid Forging of High Aspect Ratio Radio Feature Parts
    • Spin Forming of High Strength Metal Components Process Innovation of Turbocharger Components
    • Customised Tool Grinding, Edge Polishing and In-Situ Measurement System
  • Product Innovation
    PE COI’s expert consultants and SIMTech’s technologies assist companies to develop new innovative products.
    • Portable Blood Bag Warmer
  • Operations Innovation
    PE COI helps companies improve overall operation efficiency and effectiveness by offering solutions to enhance manufacturing operation visibility for decision support.
    • High Productivity TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding Technique
  • Business Model Innovation
    PE COI works with companies to harness technology for business model innovation to keep pace with changing technology and business environment.
    • From an Equipment Supplier to Service Provider to Information Supplier 

For enquiries, please contact 
Dr Chua Beng Wah
Acting Director, Precision Engineering Centre of Innovation (PE COI)
Email: bwchua@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6501 7799