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HP-NTU Corporate Lab Showcases R&D Innovations And Announces Digital Manufacturing Skills Development Programme

HP-NTU Corporate Lab Showcases R&D Innovations And Announces Digital Manufacturing Skills Development Programme

(Left to right) The HP-NTU Corporate Lab was officially opened today by NRF Singapore Executive Director Lim Tuang Liang, NTU Senior Vice President (Research) Prof Lam Khin Yong; HP Inc CTO Shane Wall; HP Inc Chief Technologist, Print, Glen Hopkins. At the opening, Prof Lam also presented token of appreciation to Mr Wall.

Researchers from global technology leader HP Inc. and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) in the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab has showcased digital manufacturing technologies set to make manufacturing and supply chain operations more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable.

Among them are intelligent design software tools that automate advanced customisation, as well as supply chain models that enable faster time to market while lowering carbon footprint.

The lab also unveiled a new skills development programme aimed at helping Singapore train and upskill its talents in additive manufacturing and digital design – from fundamentals of additive manufacturing and digital product designs to data management and automation, under the SkillsFuture programme.

The Corporate Lab aims to train some 120 working professionals per year through the new skills development programme, which includes the fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing, digital product designs, data management, automation, user experience and business models. The new short courses are payable with SkillsFuture credits and are open for registration.

– Examples of 3D printed products from the HP Multi Jet Fusion printer, which allows for flexible designs with both soft and hard plastic in a single print

With the intelligent design software tools being developed by the lab, engineers can customise and optimise their materials’ mechanical properties more effectively. The automated tools let designers achieve designs that have the best combination of properties to achieve the desired strength, flexibility, and weight. Imagine a customised, lightweight 3D-printed plastic cast aimed at giving patients greater comfort and fit.

Another research project is the design and optimisation of end-to-end supply chain operations. Mass customisation requires state-of-the-art supply chain design for digital factories. With advanced business models and analytics to model supply chains, manufacturers will be able to decrease the time required to identify parts suitable for 3D printing production as well as to measure the impact on carbon footprint.

As a result, manufacturers will be able to scale production of customised goods quickly during periods of high demand, reduce time to market while improving sustainability at the same time.

Professor Lam Khin Yong said, “The advanced technologies and automation solutions jointly developed by NTU and HP are expected to impact businesses in Singapore and beyond, as these innovations are geared towards efficiency, productivity and most importantly, sustainability,” said Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU Senior Vice President (Research).

A workforce equipped with new design, thinking and technical skills is critical to unleashing the potential of digital manufacturing.

“The new SkillsFuture courses developed jointly with HP also bring valuable industrial perspectives to help upskill and train a critical talent pool for Singapore. This will support the country’s drive towards becoming a smart nation as it faces the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution,” Professor Lam continued.

 

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ISF Incubator And NTU Launch 3D Printing Startup In Singapore

ISF Incubator And NTU Launch 3D Printing Startup In Singapore

ISF Incubator, the startup arm at Intellectual Ventures, has formed a joint venture with NTUitive called Secur3DP+, a startup company that brings additive manufacturing to global companies by providing a supply chain hub for 3D printing. NTUitive is the innovation and enterprise company of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Secur3DP+ acquired certain patents and patent applications related to 3D printing and embedded identifiers, and it has access to NTU’s expertise in 3D printing and blockchain. The startup makes additive manufacturing a viable option for more companies by creating a global 3D printing network that will connect companies with vetted service providers. Secur3DP+ also validates and authorizes all projects to ensure the right products are created and delivered in the most cost-effective way, and it enables startups and multinational corporations to protect and track their IP assets.

As 3D printing has evolved from a tool for rapid prototyping to being capable of creating production-ready parts, the design and manufacturing process has drastically changed. To achieve true distributed manufacturing, companies will need secure workflow solutions, like Secur3DP+, to protect their brand and intellectual property from counterfeiters.

Funded initially by a contribution of seed capital from ISF Incubator, Secur3DP+ will also leverage its partnership with NTU and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) led by NTUitive to tap into the country’s thriving startup and 3D printing ecosystem.

ISF first partnered with NTU in 2016 through NAMIC to develop an embedded identifier module that allows 3D printers to mark unique physical identifiers within the structure of 3D printed metal products. This new joint venture expands on the previous partnership and gives ISF Incubator a global footprint as it focuses on building companies in Asia.

 

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NTU And HP Launch Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab To Drive Industry 4.0

NTU And HP Launch Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab To Drive Industry 4.0

SINGAPORE: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), HP and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) have launched the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab. As Singapore’s newest corporate research laboratory and HP’s first university laboratory collaboration in Asia and largest university research collaboration worldwide, the HP-NTU Corporate Lab will drive innovation, technology, skills and economic development critical for the advancement of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The $84 million lab will also support Singapore’s push toward industry transformation in the areas of digital manufacturing and 3D printing technologies. This is taken with the view that advanced manufacturing and engineering constitute one of the four technology domains under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 Plan, which is Singapore’s national strategy to develop a knowledge-based innovation-driven economy and society.

Located at NTU, the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab was launched by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance and Chairman of the NRF. The NRF facilitates the setting up of corporate labs via public-private partnerships and the Corporate Lab is the 13th supported by NRF and the seventh such lab at NTU.

The lab’s 100 researchers and staff will focus on digital manufacturing technologies, specifically in areas of advancing 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, new materials and applications, cybersecurity and customisation.

The partnership was inked by NTU Vice President (Research) Professor Lam Khin Yong and HP Chief Technology Officer and Head of HP Labs Mr Shane Wall. It was witnessed by Guest-of-Honour Minister for Finance and NRF Chairman Mr Heng Swee Keat, NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, and HP Chief Executive Officer and President Mr Dion Weisler.

NRF CEO Professor Low Teck Seng has said, “Corporate laboratories are an integral part of our strategy to anchor joint R&D partnerships between our universities and companies in areas that have direct relevance to the growth of industries in Singapore. The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Laboratory is significant to our long-term competitiveness in the advanced manufacturing sector, and ensures that we stay relevant in the Fourth Industrial Revolution that is evolving and growing rapidly world-wide. It will also strengthen our capabilities to support multinational companies for expansion from Singapore into the region.”

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh has said that the partnership with HP is a significant milestone for NTU, as 3D printing – along with adjacent technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and cybersecurity – are integral parts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“NTU has established deep capabilities and is a recognised leader in the areas of machine learning, data science and additive manufacturing. These cutting-edge technologies are now an integral part of NTU’s education and research ecosystem, and the NTU Smart Campus serves as a test bed for them. This is aligned with Singapore’s vision of transforming into a Smart Nation,” Professor Suresh said. “Together with HP Inc., a renowned innovator and leader in the tech industry, NTU seeks to address today’s fundamental challenges with solutions that will benefit both industry and society in Singapore and the world, such as developing automation that is capable of boosting manufacturing productivity,” he continued.

“The World Economic Forum estimates more than $100 trillion in value will be created by digital transformation across all industries in the next 10 years,” said Dion Weisler, CEO and President, HP. HP is helping to lead the development of the underlying technologies, like 3D printing, that will enable the benefits of this transformation. Singapore is one of our key worldwide technology development and manufacturing centres in print technology. The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab will significantly deepen our involvement here and serve as a nucleus for this ecosystem. We are proud to collaborate with NTU and we are looking forward to this becoming a blueprint for innovation, collaboration and economic progress.”

The new Corporate Lab will be a key pillar of NTU’s Smart Campus initiative and will build on HP’s strong research and manufacturing capabilities.

Once launched, the lab will prioritise 15 projects to better understand:

  • New materials and applications: such as advanced polymers for manufacturing applications, the development of bioprinting models toward printing viable tissues, and 4D printed smart systems that adapt shape with temperature change
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning: helping printers autonomously predict and resolve issues
  • Cybersecurity: research to improve end-to-end point security infrastructure and malware mitigation

The collaboration will also include developing educational curriculums on designing for Additive Manufacturing – covering areas such as data management, security, user experience and business models.

“One out of every three jobs worldwide, more than 30% of global GDP, and nearly one-third of carbon emissions are related to manufacturing,” said Mr Weisler. “We are committed to innovating with purpose, not only driving the technology breakthroughs that improve HP’s business but also contribute to creating economic opportunity and improving people’s lives.”

HP began its presence in Singapore in 1970. Today, Singapore is home to its Asia Pacific & Japan Regional Headquarters, global supply chain control towers, and print manufacturing.

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