The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has launched the NTU Additive Manufacturing Centre (NAMC), a $24 million (£14m) facility for 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
First announced in 2013, the NAMC will focus on medical devices and tissue printing.
At the launch, NTU also signed a $4m joint research agreement with SLM Solutions, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of 3D printers.
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Named SLM Solutions@NAMC, the lab will endeavour to bring about the next-generation of 3D printers which can print much larger parts than today’s printers. The site will also work towards the creation of new types of materials for use in 3D printers. It will also develop platforms that can print multiple materials in one single build.
NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said: “Our new additive manufacturing centre not only aims to collaborate with industry to develop innovative, practical solutions but also brings together the best talents in the field. The new centre is outfitted with the latest 3D printing machines, such as laser-aided machines for printing metal parts for industry and bio-printers which are able to print real human tissue,” he said.
In conjunction with NAMC’s official launch, NTU also opened Singapore’s 1st International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing, which will see more than a hundred scientific papers from over 20 countries being shared and presented among academics and industry players.