Held on September 22nd, TechInnovation featured various innovative technologies and was an opportunity for technology service providers and users to interact and embark on future business partnerships and ventures together. During the event, it was announced that a new initiative would be launched to facilitate the advancement of 3D Printing in Singapore. More specifically, a National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) would be formed to support local companies with the more effective adoption and integration of 3D Printing Technology into their work processes and practices.
Through the aid of this cluster, Singaporean business firms would not only have access to the knowledge and resources provided by the participating educational institutions, namely, Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore and Singapore University of Technology and Design, but will also be able to receive funding and other forms of assistance for their 3D Printing projects. As such, companies would then have more opportunities to experiment with various 3D Printing applications and possibilities and further their potential.
In response to this development, Mr Sean Looi, general manager of Creatz3D, said: “As an SME, we might not have access to a lot of the expertise that is available right now with the clusters, thus it is important for us to look at leveraging on the different expertise that we have in Singapore to build on to our capabilities.
This cluster actually provides a platform for us to leverage on this. If not, if we were to build it internally, organically, it will take a much longer time, like probably a few years or in 3 to 5 years’ time. With this cluster, we can probably shorten it to one to two years.”
With the various potential benefits that can be attained from the creation of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), it comes as no surprise that the initiative is highly anticipated and serves as a driving force behind the establishment of Singapore as a key player in the global 3D Printing industry.
According to S Iswaran, Second Minister for Trade and Industry, “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 and manufacturing processes.”
Therefore, with the formation of NAMIC, the future of 3D Printing in Singapore looks set to be a bright one, both in the research and commercial aspects.
If you wish to read more about the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), please proceed here. In addition, for more information about the various 3D Printing technologies and solutions that Creatz3D offers and how it can benefit your business, please proceed here. Alternatively, you can choose to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (65) 6631 8555 to learn more.
**Pictures are screencaps taken from the video provided by Channel NewsAsia