The Economist has forecasted 3D Printing to be the third industrial revolution due to its prospects of driving a new type of manufacturing industry. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day Rally 2013 that we should 3D print things that make a difference to our lives.
Opposed to a conventional machining process which takes away excess material from a block of workpiece, 3D Printing or Rapid Prototyping (RP) or Additive Manufacturing (AM) produces parts by building one layer upon another in a horizontal manner. This offers many advantages over machining limitations such as the capability to produce complex and difficult-to-machine models (e.g. a sphere in a thin-necked bottle, straight corners of pockets in typical engineering components, a small intricate jewellery ring). Jigs and fixtures are also no longer needed.
Since 3D Printing or RP or AM is linked to CAD/CAM systems, it is able to produce a component in a short turnaround time. As a result, it has great potential, especially for today’s products which have very short product life.
• To understand the motivation behind 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP) or Additive Manufacturing (AM)
• To familiarise with the various 3D Printing techniques so as to compare their strengths and limitations
• To be acquainted with STL (StereoLithography), its format, problems and repair
• To know the application areas and be exposed to industrial case studies
• To learn about bureau service, benchmarking methodology, growth and trends
• Know the definitions, concepts and process chain of 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing.
• Understand the products, process, pros and cons, and applications of each 3D Printing technique
• Expose to the industrial case studies in fields such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products, arts, architecture, construction, weapon, food, garments (fashion) and biomedical engineering.
[2 UPCOMING RUNS]
• August: 21, 24, 25 & 26 August 2015
• October: 5, 7, 8 & 9 October 2015
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
21, 24 & 26 August- Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability (e2i)
25 August: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Centre for 3D Printing Labs
Course Fee: S$1600 (inclusive of course materials, light refreshments and lunch)