Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has come a long way. From producing prototypes to manufacturing toys to wind turbines, the range of materials that can be used with 3D printers has expanded significantly. Applications across sectors as diverse as aerospace, automotive, healthcare, education, electronics and more, are now being developed. The motivation is that this technique enables on-demand, highly optimized and customizable solutions with significantly lower material cost and waste. The recent trend of firms “re-shoring” their production supply chains, gradually moving them closer to home, is also being aided by additive manufacturing. The potential market opportunity is huge.
According to research published in 2017 by BCG Consulting, the total 3D printing market will exceed $350 billion in value by 2035, based on 1.5% of the addressable manufacturing sector. The transformation of supply chains as a result of 3D printing will create demand for new skills among workers. Rather than training for the factory floor, the workers of the future will be required to master design and manipulation of digital files. Despite all this, there are inherent challenges, such as lack of industry standards leading to higher cost and inconsistent product quality, as well as intellectual property theft and unauthorized modifications of designs in a de-centralized manufacturing situation.
Under this backdrop, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), led by NTUitive, was launched in October 2015 to address these challenges, and accelerate Singapore’s industrial adoption of additive manufacturing. It identifies and nurtures promising AM technologies and start-ups, jumpstarts public-private cross-collaborations, acting as a connector between industry, research performers and public agencies. NAMIC also assists companies seeking to lower the barriers towards AM adoption through joint project funding and leveraging on its investor networks.
It focuses on industry sectorial applications and needs, such as standards development and certification, in conjunction with the translational research and commercialization strategies, to help companies co-create innovative processes, products and services. NAMIC focuses on sectors where Singapore has developed capabilities with competitive advantages, with a view to the future, such as Aerospace, Bio-Medical, Clean Technology, Offshore Marine, Maritime, Precision Engineering, Electronics, Building Construction and Design. Since its inception, it has engaged and partnered with several hundred organizations globally and in Singapore, raising more than $25 million in private and public funding to support over 100 projects covering industry technology development, translation, commercialization, standards development, training and certification, across various industry verticals.
What we do
Consolidate and foster collaboration to achieve global/regional leadership in Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies.
Build and catalyse an ecosystem for the growth of new businesses and new business models with AM technologies.
Create and provide a platform for test, learning and implementation of AM methodologies.
Standards & Training
Develop AM standards to accelerate research and industry adoption. Provide training and certification for industry professionals.
Accelerate translation of upstream AM research into commercial applications for the industry and support business adoption.
NAMIC is an important part of our effort to ensure the competitiveness of our manufacturing sector.
Mr S Iswaran
Minister for Communications & Information
I am very impressed with how Singapore is driving and supporting the local AM industry development in a very coordinated and strategic way. I am sure that through NAMIC’s great efforts will help put Singapore on the global AM map.
General Manager EOS Electro Optical Systems (Shanghai)
Singapore and GE are aligned in terms of broad objectives, and with a little proactivity could find significant points of resonance.
Dr Sanjay Correa
Vice President – Industrialisation GE Aviation
3D Printing will make a big impact on the way we design & make things!
MP Biomedicals Asia Pacific
NAMIC can help de-risk a company’s foray into Additive Manufacturing, make it less risky and open your eyes to the amazing research that’s out there.
Vice President of Digital Manufacturing Technologies, UL
The entire NAMIC initiative is geared toward encouraging local companies to adopt and integrate additive manufacturing.
Invention Science Fund Vice President, Intellectual Ventures
I was happy to see all the energy in the Singaporean AM space, looking forward to much more to come!
Vice President Asia Pacific Materialise
The next episode of 3D printing will involve printing entirely new kinds of materials. Eventually we will print complete products – circuits, motors and batteries already included.
Professor of Engineering and Data Science, Columbia University, New York
3D printing is changing personalised medical devices as we know them, from new, beautiful, conformal, ventilated scoliosis braces to millions of dental restorations and to beautiful bracings for amputees, another opportunity to emotionally reconnect with your symmetry.
Chief Executive Officer, 3D Systems