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The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) was inaugurated on 1 Oct 2015, and commenced operationalisation in March 2016. NAMIC aims to help position Singapore as a world leader in advanced manufacturing in the era of digital transformation, harnessing on predictive analytics, automation and hybrid (AM and subtractive) AM technology. To achieve this mission, NAMIC adopts a multi-prong approach in its strategic imperatives, reviewed and refreshed annually :-
1. Identify the business value proposition of AM technology for each target industry vertical.
2. Nurture our SMEs, especially start-ups.
3. Seed AM capabilities in our local enterprises through joint customised translational R&D and commercialisation collaborations.
4. Engage and partner with IHL and research agencies, i.e. A*STAR, to provide a one-stop solution for our local enterprises.
5. Leverage on public sector infrastructure, domain knowledge, and funding resources.
6. Partner with EDB and SPRING and other statutory boards to expand the AM eco-system in Singapore, by strategic engagement of global AM companies, including start-ups.
Since then, it has built a cluster organisation around the AM R&D hubs in NUS, SUTD and NTU 3D printing centres, led by a program office hosted in NTUitive. It has established strategies focusing on key industry verticals in Singapore for industrial adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. It has established itself to be the nexus of Additive Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 public-private initiatives locally through its network of trade associations, economic agencies, and companies. It has provided much needed funding to share the early risk of adoption with the industry partners and streamlined the approval processes. It has accelerated AM standards development, expanded the local AM eco-system in the private sector, and supported several early start-ups and SMEs adopting AM technologies. It has engaged with several hundred organisations globally and locally, co-led multiple workshops and 3D printing design competitions with the IHL partners, as well as spear-headed 3 major regional AM summits in 2017 (July to-date). Each of the NAMIC AM Summit Series are organized around an industry vertical in Precision Engineering, Aerospace, and Healthcare respectively. By the end of this year, it would have hosted 4 of these regional summits.
It has also reviewed more than a hundred industry-IHL joint project proposals, and committed close to $7 million in funding, with matching contribution from its industry and IHL partners, to support more than 60 industry/translational/standards development projects. They include space and cleantech applications, bio-inks for 3D printing, customized 3D printers, in-vivo implants, materials, and product prototyping. In addition to companies, it has reached out to various research institutes in Singapore and globally, seeking to optimize public sector funding, providing much needed industry linkage and feedback to the IHLs and RIs. In the course of engagement, it has also established strategic partnerships with several multi-national and SME companies, including HP Inc, Intellectual Ventures, UCT, DMG-Mori Seiki, Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL), and Flex (formerly Flextronics), just to name a few.
Aerospace & Marine Offshore
Design Building & Construction
Our partners and stakeholders comprise of NAMIC Hub Management & Expert Members from Academia and Industry PEP Quorum Members:-