Open Grant Call for Parts Analysis and Design for Additive Manufacturing 

Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) are collaborating on an initiative to support more local companies to evaluate and adopt additive manufacturing (AM) technologies for their business.

The figure above outlines the typical enterprise’s AM journey. The first stage involves identifying and analysing the right parts to be printed, i.e. whether the parts are “printable”. The comprehensive parts selection lays the foundation for successful AM implementation. However, many companies are still facing fundamental challenges to undertake this first step due to a lack of awareness and domain expertise. To help address these barriers, ESG and NAMIC are launching an Open Grant Call for Parts Analysis and Design for AM – focusing on part identification, analysis and technology feasibility assessment.

The program comprises 2 phases:

  1. Phase 1 – Part identification and analysis supported by NAMIC Tech Hubs.
  2. Phase 2 – Part fabrication feasibility study where the lead applicant (i.e. end-user/product owner/contract manufacturer) will work with Singapore-based AM service providers. The qualifiable costs of the project are supportable by the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG).

Eligibility

  • The main applicant should be a local company that has a legal entity and presence in Singapore. The applicant should also meet the eligibility criteria for the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG).
  • All the work should be conducted in Singapore.

Funding Support

Phase 1: Supported by NAMIC Tech Hubs.

  • The company will need to match NAMIC’s funding support in-kind.

Phase 2: Supported by ESG through the EDG scheme.

  • The lead applicant should be the company directly benefiting from the adopted solution. The funding support can defray up to 80%** of the qualifying costs of the project*.

*Qualifiable cost components include costs for parts printing, post processing, parts testing & qualification, training, design services and consultancy fee.

**As announced at Budget 2021, the enhanced maximum support level of up to 80% will be extended from 30 September 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Timeline

  • Applications Open: 1 June 2021
  • Applications Close: 30 June 2022
  • Download, complete and submit the application document and proposal template here.
  • Submit all necessary documents to namicinfo@namic.sg.

Contact Info

Ms. Tan Hui Qi
E: huiqi_tan@namic.sg
Programme Manager
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster

Mr. Ng Wee Sen
E: ng_wee_sen@enterprisesg.gov.sg
Development Partner
Enterprise Singapore

FAQ

Q1: What is the eligibility criteria to apply for this programme?

Companies keen to apply for this initiative should meet the eligibility criteria for the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) to apply.

For more information, please visit Enterprise Singapore’s programme page.

Q2: Can I apply for Phase 2 directly?

All projects are required to go through Phase 1.

Progression to Phase 2 will be contingent on the applicants’ success in Phase 1, as well as written support from NAMIC.

Q3: Can the work be conducted outside Singapore?

All the work should be conducted locally unless the required services are not available in Singapore.

Q4: Is there a maximum number of proposals that a company can submit?

The company can submit more than one proposal. However, the distinct objective, problem statement, and scopes of each proposal need to be clearly outlined.

Q5: Can the proposal consist of more than one company?

Yes. However, only one company needs to apply as the lead/main applicant that will receive the grant in Phase 2.

Q6: Can an AM service provider be involved in Phase 1 together with NAMIC Tech Hubs?

No, Phase 1 work involving parts diagnostics will be performed by one of the NAMIC Tech Hubs. Before the proposal is submitted to NAMIC, there should be some level of part analysis and diagnostics performed by the AM Service Provider to assess if the parts are printable. At the end of Phase 1, there will be a meeting between AM Service Provider, NAMIC Tech Hub and the SME to review the outcomes (i.e. the print strategy and price quotation for Phase 2), and discuss any discrepancy that may arise.

Q7: Is there a list of AM service providers that the lead applicant needs to work with?

The lead applicant can identify and work with any local AM service provider of their choice. If you require a referral, please contact NAMIC officer (Ms. Tan Hui Qi) via email or visit NAMIC’s AM business directory portal to identify a suitable partner.

Q8: What does AM Training in Phase 2 encompass?

The applicant company may define the scope of the AM training with their AM service providers based on their needs. This may include one or more of the following topics: AM introductory course, Design for AM (DfAM) course, AM process and machine operation training, etc.

Q9: How does the grant reimbursement process work?

All records of expenditure and supporting documents should be provided to ESG within 6 months from project end date. All deliverables in Phase 2 must be achieved upon review by ESG and NAMIC.