Singapore launches cluster to help companies develop 3D printing capabilities

SINGAPORE - A platform that will focus on adapting research in 3D printing technologies to applications for manufacturers in Singapore was launched on Tuesday (Sept 22).

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (Namic) was launched by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Trade and Industry and Home Affairs. It will be lead by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), in partnership with the National University of Singapore, and Singapore University of Technology and Design.

The cluster will partner multinational companies and local firms.

"Namic will translate related upstream research in Singapore's public research entities and institutes of higher learning into downstream commercial applications, lowering the barriers for companies to incorporate additive manufacturing technologies into their core business" said Mr Iswaran.

Mr Iswaran was speaking at Techinnovation 2015, an annual two-day conference and exhibition that aims to connect technologies to firms that need them.

The event, organised by Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) Singapore, opened at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, drawing a record number of over 1,800 delegates from 30 countries.

It targets small-medium sized enterprises and offers a business a chance to network and collaborate. Over 80 exhibitors from 15 countries will present more than 270 ready-to-market technologies. A section of the exhibition will also focus on robotics and functional printing, an area which enterprises are increasingly interested in.

Attendees will also hear from business innovators and thought leaders at plenary sessions. The event is free to the public, who can register at www.techinnovation.com.sg

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