Nanyang Technological University

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In continuing the mission to promote awareness and adoption of 3D printing technologies, the Singapore International 3D Printing Competitions are back for another successful run in 2015!

The inaugural competitions in 2013 received a total of 30 entries from 7 countries for an open category on the themes of Abacus and Fashion. In 2014, the participation of the competitions was expanded to include 2 additional categories for students (junior colleges and below and tertiary level). The competitions in 2014 saw an almost 3-fold increase of 86 entries for the two themes of jewellery and architecture.

This year's competitions celebrate the past with the themes of vintage toys and a look to the future by seeking a functional logo design for Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP). The competitions run until April 24, 2015.

Similar to 2014, there will be 2 themes and 3 categories:


a. Functional logo for the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP)

3D Printing is a disruptive technology which brings about potential prospects on the new way of manufacturing. With increasing worldwide interest and attention in 3D printing, it is crucial for Singapore to capitalise on its current strengths and intensify efforts in this area to enhance its competitive edge in the manufacturing industry. With the tagline of “Printing the World and beyond”, the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) aspires to be the world’s leading research institute in 3D Printing to achieve prominent and outstanding breakthroughs in the research and development of innovative 3D printing technologies, processes and materials.

In this competition, we seek innovative and futuristic functional logo designs for the new Centre, which showcase and bring out the marvels and immense potential of 3D Printing

b. Vintage toys

Before the rise of the computer and digital age, children of the world have been playing with traditional toys, from simple blocks of wood to tracks of train, jigsaw puzzles to mechanical robots. And not forgetting the toys which were based on the interesting cultures from different parts of the world.

In the current technology age where tech-savvy children bury their heads in iPads and games consoles, a new challenge comes on how we can use 3D Printing to reinvent our traditional and vintage toys to draw children (even adults) back to appreciating and playing these functional toys which have been around for years. In this competition, we seek designs adapted from vintage toys, with new creative and engineering elements injected but at the same time retaining the unique cultural and historical significance of the toys.

Categories, Eligibility & Prizes

Open category
All, regardless of age, gender, nationality etc.
Top prize of $10000

Singapore school student category
Students from Singapore primary schools, secondary schools and junior colleges.
Top prize of $5000

Singapore tertiary student category
Students from Singapore polytechnics and universities.
Top prize of $5000

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In the future, knee and bone implants customised to fit individual patients could be easily made using 3D printers.

Medical devices and tissue printing are among the key research areas that Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is ramping up on with the launch of its new $30 million 3D printing centre.

The NTU Additive Manufacturing Centre (NAMC) was officially launched by Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development.

At the launch, NTU also signed a $5 million joint laboratory agreement with SLM Solutions, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of 3D printers.

Named SLM Solutions@NAMC, the lab aims to develop next-generation 3D printers which can print much larger parts than today’s printers and new types of materials. It will also develop platforms that can print multiple materials in one single build.

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said additive manufacturing is a revolutionary technology that is changing the face of innovation and that NTU is well placed to excel in the fast growing field.

“Although we are a young university, NTU is already leading with two decades of research and development in this field,” Prof Andersson said.

“Our new additive manufacturing centre not only aims to collaborate with industry to develop innovative, practical solutions but also brings together the best talents in the field. The new centre is outfitted with the latest 3D printing machines, such as laser-aided machines for printing metal parts for industry and bio-printers which are able to print real human tissue,” he said.

NTU’s new additive manufacturing centre aims to keep Singapore at the forefront of 3D printing technologies and is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board.

In conjunction with NAMC’s official launch, NTU also opened Singapore’s 1st International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing, which will see more than a hundred scientific papers from over 20 countries being shared and presented among academics and industry players.

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