HP, the Nanyang Technological College (NTU Singapore), and the Nationwide Analysis Basis Singapore (NRF), have formally opened the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Company Lab with 3D printing applied sciences.
Inaugurated at NTU Singapore earlier this week, this lab provides expertise improvement packages geared toward coaching others in additive manufacturing and digital design. Moreover, new design software program instruments are being developed by the lab for materials optimization.
Mike Regan, Director, HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Company Lab spoke with 3D Printing Trade about the kind of applied sciences being developed on the newly established facility. “HP’s voxel management permits designers to interrupt objects right down to the smallest nuances of form, shade, and performance and apply them with microscopic precision, creating infinite potentialities,” Regan instructed us.
“These instruments permit us to specify a mix of properties in these voxels, attaining the specified power, flexibility, and weight in numerous sections of the purposes.”
Official Opening of the HP-NTU Company Lab. (From left) NRF Singapore Government Director Lim Tuang Liang; NTU Senior Vice President (Analysis) Prof Lam Khin Yong; HP Inc CTO Shane Wall; HP Inc Chief Technologist, Print, Glen Hopkins. Photograph through NTU Singapore.
The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Company Lab
The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Company Lab was first introduced in 2018 with an estimated worth of $84 million. It’s HP’s first college laboratory collaboration in Asia and its largest college collaboration worldwide. This lab additionally follows the corporate’s determination to arrange its Singaporean headquarters on the Nationwide Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC).
With goal of supporting analysis improvement, the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Company Lab has a selected deal with 3D printing in addition to new supplies and purposes, corresponding to superior polymers, 3D bioprinting of tissues and 4D printing. Over 60 researchers and engineers are additionally exploring AI, cybersecurity, and machine studying, i.e., growing self-correction methods for 3D printers.
Elaborating on the work inside the lab, Regan stated, “There isn’t any identify for the instruments but as they’re nonetheless within the R&D part, [but they] permit an object’s supplies’ mechanical properties to be personalized and optimized.”
“The instruments’ synthetic intelligence allow us to specify a mix of properties, attaining the specified power, flexibility, and weight [and] cowl your entire ‘half to half pipeline’; that’s, from design to geometry definition to materials distribution and at last generate the printer file to be despatched to HP’s 3D printer.”
HP 4200 Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer. Picture through HP.
Advancing additive manufacturing purposes
Presently, a analysis undertaking exploring superior enterprise fashions and analytics to mannequin provide chains is being carried out within the hopes of lowering the time required to determine components appropriate for mass manufacturing utilizing additive manufacturing.
Furthermore, six new SkillsFuture brief programs associated to 3D printing have been launched for upskilling Singaporean workforces in 3D printing. Thus, the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Company strives to coach some 120 working professionals a yr by way of the brand new expertise improvement program.
Regan added, “Broadly, we see the instruments getting used within the creation of quite a lot of purposes – from mass personalized items corresponding to footwear, eyewear, dental aligners, to high-performance mechanical purposes, for instance, components which require a excessive power to weight ratio or components with specified distortion traits below a recognized set of hundreds.”
3D printed Oakley eyewear frames created utilizing HP Multi Jet Fusion. Photograph through HP.
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Featured picture exhibits the official opening of the HP-NTU Company Lab. (From left) NRF Singapore Government Director Lim Tuang Liang; NTU Senior Vice President (Analysis) Prof Lam Khin Yong; HP Inc CTO Shane Wall; HP Inc Chief Technologist, Print, Glen Hopkins. Photograph through NTU Singapore.
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