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A new 3D printing centre focusing on medical applications was recently inaugurated in Singapore. Called the National University of Singapore Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS), the facility is a S$18 million collaboration between Singapore’s National Additive Innovation Manufacturing Cluster (NAMIC), the University of Singapore (NUS), and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

AM.NUS consists of two labs strategically positioned at NUS’ Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Faculty of Engineering and are equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printing technology. With this facility, the goal is to advance 3D printing technology in the biomedical and healthcare field. This will not only boost NUS’ standing in the biomedical additive manufacturing field but also solidify Singapore’s position as a leading 3D printing technology hub in the world.

The new additive manufacturing centre will focus its efforts into research into a few specific areas, mainly in developing customised 3D printed surgical instruments, simulators and functional prosthetics; advanced tissue repair using 3D printed scaffold and tissue engineering; 3D printing enabled customised medicine; developing restorative repairs and implants with ceramic and metal 3D printing; and oral health and craniofacial application.

Creatz3D, being a leading 3D printing company locally in this industry, is also part of this project and a collaborative Memorandums of Understanding was signed between the parties. As a key provider of 3D printers such as Stratasys, Arcam and Sisma, and having capable application engineers and biomedical 3D printing team, Creatz3D will be a key partner in providing 3D printing machines for the facility as well as training for users to adapt 3D printing technology into the biomedical sector. Creatz3D has also partnered with AM.NUS on a project to develop custom 3D printed organ models for use in training and surgical simulation.

3D printing is a versatile technology that can be and have been applied in many different industries such as manufacturing and aerospace. With this major investment into the local 3D printing industry geared towards developing 3D printing in the biomedical industry, we take another step closer to the future by embracing this form of disruptive technology.