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George Loh, Dr Yeoh Khay Guan, Dr Lily Chan, Amrin Amin, Dr Lim Jui, Prof Chua Kee Chaing and Kelvin Zin (from left) at the AM.NUS launch during the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster Healthcare Summit. (Photograph: NAMIC)
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NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing officially opened

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SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore (NUS) has formally opened its new Additive Manufacturing Centre, AM.NUS. Primarily focusing on healthcare applications, the facility aims to foster knowledge in the field of 3-D printing and additive manufacturing [AM] among NUS clinicians and to stimulate associated medical technology start-ups and spin-offs in the city.

“The NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing will play a critical role in supporting Singapore's vision of becoming a leading AM hub. Through this inter-faculty pooling of expertise, we hope to boost technology capabilities as well as advance intellectual property development and commercialisation of AM-enabled biomedical technologies,” said AM.NUS co-director Prof. Jerry Fuh Ying-Hsi from the university’s department of mechanical engineering.

After bringing together expertise from the faculty of dentistry, design, engineering and medicine, among others, several key goals have been outlined for the centre’s collaborative efforts. For example, researchers from the university’s Division of Industrial Design will work on the development of 3-D printed surgical instruments, simulators and prosthetics, while scientists from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine will study bio-printing techniques for tissue repair and tissue engineering. Moreover, the NUS Faculty of Dentistry will focus on enhancing computer-aided oral surgery protocols and surgical planning, as well as advancing 3-D printing for dental implant design and tissue engineering.

“Every project is a collaboration of the industry, clinicians, engineers and designers who all bring their own unique perspectives to address complex issues that cannot be solved alone,” said Prof. Kelvin Foong Weng Chiong from the Faculty of Dentistry. “Future dentists and medical professionals will be better educated right from the start.”

The initial funding of S$18 million (US$13.2 million) for the AM.NUS came from NUS, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster and the Singapore Economic Development Board. In addition, the centre will collaborate with different industry partners.

“AM.NUS will bring together NUS technologies with industry expertise, enabling the accelerated translation of NUS technologies into innovative healthcare products and services,” said Dr Lily Chan, CEO of NUS Enterprise. “The centre is already working on a total of 17 collaborative projects, and has raised about S$4.7 million (US$3.5 million) in additional project funding.

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