NTU, SUTD set up joint 3-D printing lab

NTU, SUTD set up joint 3-D printing lab
SUTD Assistant Professor Chen Lujie with his models, made using large-scale prototyping, at the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre.

SINGAPORE - Two universities are joining forces for the first time to explore new technologies in 3-D design and printing, a field that is emerging in Singapore.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) said on Friday that they have set up a joint lab to drive research in the field of 3-D printing.

The joint lab - called the Visualisation and Prototyping Lab - consists of existing facilities, such as 3-D printing equipment, on their campuses.

For a start, four PhD students - two from each school - will undertake research projects in the lab, having access to both schools' facilities and two supervisors, one from each school.

A total of $1 million has been pumped in by both institutions to fund the students' projects and their four-year scholarships.

The lab will allow users to leverage on both schools' strengths.

"NTU has a history in rapid prototyping, 3-D printing and material science, and SUTD's part is research from a design perspective," said Professor Kristin Wood, SUTD's head of "pillar" or faculty for engineering product development.

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