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David Rosen

Georgia Institute of Technology

Perspectives on the Additive Manufacturing Research Ecosystem in Singapore

Manufacturing contributes about 20% of Singapore’s economy, worth about US$65B in 2017. Additive Manufacturing (AM) represents a small, but growing, portion of that activity. Singapore has a highly coordinated economic development program that has been applied to AM, with coordinated investments in local universities, research institutes, and local companies. In this talk, I present the organization of Singapore’s AM research enterprise and provide highlights of research programmes. Emphases and outcomes from each of the three main university research centres will be described and key technical accomplishments are highlighted. I discuss the role of industry in AM R&D, noting that Singapore industries with the most AM activity include aerospace, medtech, precision engineering, and marine & offshore. Additionally, I compare briefly Singapore’s AM ecosystem to those in the UK and US. Thoughts on the outlook for AM R&D strategies will be offered.


David Rosen is a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the Research Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design research center (DManD) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, having recently spent 2 years there full-time. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in mechanical engineering. His research interests lie at the intersection of design, manufacturing, and computing with specific focus on additive manufacturing, computer-aided design, and design methodology. He is the recipient of the 2013 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award and the co-author of a leading textbook in the AM field.


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