Themes

3D Additive Manufacturing


Samples produced by additive manufacturing

Research Relevance

Over the years, Singapore has moved up the manufacturing value chain to undertake more complex, higher value-added manufacturing activities and advanced high-mix low volume production. Additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing (3DP) is an advanced manufacturing technology which offers a range of unique benefits to the industry. AM has the potential to (i) vastly accelerate innovation, (ii) compress supply chains, (iii) minimize materials and energy usage, and (iv) reduce waste. AM processes also have the potential to reduce or eliminate the constraints of molds and dies in some conventional production processes and offer higher potential for customization.

 

SIMTech works closely with the industry, to enable the industry with new competencies, thus allowing them to stay competitive and to capture new markets of high-value added components. To advance 3D AM technologies through innovative research and technology development, SIMTech’s 3D AM Team focuses on both metal and polymer 3D AM. The team aims to make an impact in (i) fundamental understanding of 3D AM technologies, (ii) exotic and non-proprietary material development for use in 3D AM systems and (iii) new applications for 3D AM technologies to complement or replace conventional manufacturing processes. 

 

Research Focus

  • Design, Modelling and Simulation for Additive Manufacturing
  • Development of Materials for Additive Manufacturing
  • Development of Additive Manufacturing Processes
  • Development of Additive Manufacturing Equipment
  • Additive Manufacturing for Industrial Applications

The metallic AM track concentrates itself in powder-bed metallic AM systems, namely selective laser melting (SLM), electron beam melting (EBM) and inkjet metal printing processes, while exploring metal alloys and composite material development.

 

The polymeric AM track focuses on stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS), polyjet and fused deposition modelling (FDM) systems, as well as polymer powder and resin material development.  


Research Staff

  • Dr Nai Mui Ling Sharon (Team Leader)
  • Dr Sun Chen-Nan
  • Dr Florencia Edith Wiria
  • Dr Wang Pan
  • Dr Meenashisundaram Ganesh Kumar
  • Dr Zhu Zhiguang
  • Dr Seet Hang Li
  • Dr Jason Ten Jyi Sheuan
  • Ms Ng Feng Lin
  • Mr Sin Wai Jack
  • Mr Aloysius Tan
  • Mr Aw Beng Loon
  • Ms Choy Sing Ying
  • Ms Soh Fang Hui
  • Mr Jasper Chua Dong Qiu
  • Mr Justin Tan Yu Kai


Facilities

  • Electron Beam Melting (EBM) system
  • Selective Laser Melting (SLM) system
  • Powder-bed inkjet printing system
  • Hybrid additive manufacturing
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) system
  • Multi-material polymer jetting
  • Stereolithography (SLA) system
  • Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) system
  • Metallic powder gas atomizer system
  • Powder characterization systems
  • Powder mixing and handling systems
  • Design, modelling and simulation software
  • 3D scanner

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Contact PersonNai Mui Ling Sharon(mlnai@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg)
ApproachThe 3D Additive Manufacturing team conducts research collaborations with various local/overseas institutions and institutes. Competitive research and development projects are also carried out with companies from various industries. Technology transfer of 3D Additive Manufacturing expertise is promoted to the manufacturing industry through seminars, workshops and training courses.
Expertise
  • Powder-bed metallic additive manufacturing process development: selective laser melting (SLM), electron beam melting (EBM) and inkjet metal printing 
  • Metallic material development: alloys and composites
  • Polymeric additive manufacturing process development: stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS), polymer jetting,  Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
  • Polymer material development: powder and resin
  • Virtual design, modeling and simulation for additive manufacturing

 

 

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