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Smart Additive Manufacturing Systems

We are revamping the full qualifications for the Graduate Diploma courses. Applicants can still sign up for the individual modules under the specialisations.

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 a high-mix low-volume production setting, the 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 toolless 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.

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 implementing procedures and operations according to standards and WSH requirements.

Why This Course

  • 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
  • Facilitated high-level discussion on AM business integration and implementation in the organisation

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to meet the objectives of providing skills training for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) 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.

What You Will Learn

What You will Learn

This module allows participants to learn about the wide range of additive manufacturing technologies to fabricate metallic, polymeric and ceramic components. Participants gain an 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 in quality assessment of AM parts, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), 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
  • Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM)
  • Principles of computational analysis and fundamentals of topology optimisation for AM
  • Implementing AR/VR into powder-bed fusion AM
  • AM international standards, qualification, workplace safety and health (WSH) regulations
  • Costing and lead-time estimation for complex high performance component design, process planning, and production
  • Principles for evaluating and implementing AM integration plans that satisfy business, manufacturing, and legislative requirements
  • Project work on virtual design and simulation of components for AM

Upon Completion of This Course

Upon Completion of this Course

Electronic Statement of Attainment (SOA) certificates will be issued by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to participants who have attended and attained competency in the Singapore Skills Framework training modules. 

Participants must also meet the following criteria to receive their SOAs: 

  • Achieve at least 75% course attendance;
  • Take all assessments; and
  • Pass the course.

Click here to learn more about the WSQ SOA certificate.

Note: Trainees will have to bear the full course fee upon failure to meet either one of the criteria.

Sample: Statement of Attainment (SOA) CertificateSSG SOA

Pre-Requisites, Full and Nett Course Fees


  • Applicants should possess a degree in any discipline or a diploma with a minimum of 3 years of related working experience.
  • Applicants who do not have the required academic qualifications are still welcome to apply, but shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview for special approval.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Full Course Fee

The full course fee for this module is $5,000 before funding and prevailing GST.

Nett Course Fee

Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders
Employer-sponsored and self-sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 40 yrs and above (MCES² SME-sponsored local employees (i.e Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders (ETSS¹
All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST.

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

  • Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) Holders
    The LTVP+ scheme applies to lawful foreign spouses of Singapore Citizens with (i) at least one Singapore Citizen child or are expecting one from the marriage, or at least three years of marriage, and (ii) where the Singapore Citizen sponsor is able to support the family.

    All LTVP+ holders can be identified with their green visit pass cards, with the word ‘PLUS’ printed on the back of the card.

    • ¹ Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) scheme (ETSS), subject to eligibility criteria shown below.

      SMEs that meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

      • Registered or incorporated in Singapore
      • Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million

      SME-sponsored Trainees:

      • Must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
      • Courses have to be fully paid for by the employer.
      • Trainee is not a full-time national serviceman. 

      Further Info: This scheme is intended for all organisations, including non-business entities not registered with ACRA e.g. VWOs, societies, etc. Only ministries, statutory boards, and other government agencies are not eligible under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs Scheme. Sole proprietorships which meet all of the above criteria are also eligible.

    Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit which can be used to offset course fees (for self-sponsored registrations only).

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

    How course fees are calculated

    International ParticipantsSingapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders Employer-sponsored and self-sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above SME-sponsored local employees (i.e Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders)
    Not applicable for SkillsFuture FundingSkillsFuture Funding (Baseline)SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) ²SkillsFuture Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) ¹
     Full Course Fee $5,000$5,000 $5,000 $5,000 
    SkillsFuture Funding Not Applicable  ($3,500) ($4,500) ($4,500)
    Nett Course Fee $5,000 $1,500 $500 $500
    8% GST
     $400$120*  $120* $120*
    Total Nett Course Fee Payable to Training Provider  $5,400 $1,620 $620 $620
    * Based on 30% of Full Course Fee

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC)

    SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC)

    The SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) was first introduced during the Singapore’s Budget 2020 and then recently expanded to a larger group of employers in Budget 2022. It encourages employers to invest in enterprise transformation and capabilities of their employees. Eligible employers will receive a one-off S$10,000 credit to cover up to 90% of out-of-pocket expenses on qualifying costs for supportable initiatives, over and above the support levels of existing schemes.

    Submission of SFEC Claim

    Employers are required to submit their SFEC claims manually via its microsite if they fulfil any of the following scenarios:

    • Employers have sent their foreign employees (excluding foreign employees who hold Long-Term Visit Pass Plus) for training on a SFEC eligible course;

    Employers can only submit the claims for SFEC after their employees have completed the training course(s). Click here to download the SFEC Claim e-guide.

    NOTE: You will require a Corppass account with "EPJS_User" role assigned prior to login to your account to manage your claims.

    If you are unsure whether your company is eligible for SFEC, you may submit an enquiry to Enterprise Singapore (ESG) via here for their response.

    Contact Us

    • For technical enquiries, please contact:

    Dr SUN Chen-Nan,
    Email: cnsun@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

    • For general enquiries, please contact:

    Mr TAN Lye King,
    Email: tanlk@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

    Smart Additive Manufacturing Systems


    • Please register for this course through our Course Registration Form for Public Classes.
    • For the first question, please select Qn1: Modular Programmes (Under Specialisations).
    • Applicants will be placed on our waiting list if the course does not have an upcoming scheduled intake.
    • Once the next intake is confirmed to commence, SIMTech will contact the applicants to share the class information.


    Modules Skills Course Reference Number Training Period
    (Click on dates to view schedules)

    Registration Status

    AM M1:

    • Smart Additive Manufacturing System (45 hours)

    AM M2:

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

    AM M3:

    • High Speed Additive Manufacturing Processes For Metallic Component (45 hours)
    EVE26 Sep 2023 - 16 Nov 2023 

    AM M4:

    • Polymer-based Additive Manufacturing Processes for Flexible Mass Customisation (45 hours)
    : Full Day  AM
    : Morning PM
    : Afternoon EVE
    : Evening