The Centre focuses on five main areas of expertise.
Led by the Division of Industrial Design, our designers and researchers create realistic, customizable, and reusable simulators and instruments to train and educate the next generation of doctors and simplify difficult clinical tasks. The team also has experience in designing functional prosthetics using 3D printing methods.
Engineers at the Faculty of Engineering are at the forefront of engineering science, devising new 3D printing technologies and materials. Utilising the latest in ceramic and metal 3D printing materials and techniques, engineers are focused on bringing a new generation of implants to the market.
Additive manufacturing offers new opportunities for the novel formulation of drugs and precise control of dosage and release patterns for every individual. In the future, pharmacists will not need to dispense multiple drugs, but 3D print a custom tablet on the spot. Researchers at the Department of Pharmacy lead efforts in this area.
Every 10 minutes in the United States, a name is added to the transplant waiting list. 22 people die every day while waiting unsuccessfully for a donor organ. 3D printing offers a potential solution for these patients. Using advanced materials and scaffold printing techniques, combined with cell and tissue engineering, will allow scientists and engineers at the School of Medicine to engineer new solutions to regenerate and replace damaged tissues.
Everything about dentistry is customized and highly detailed- areas 3D printing shines in. The Faculty of Dentistry is at the forefront of using 3D printing to improve patient outcomes of dental healthcare.
NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing worked with the university dental cluster (NUH) to produce accurate 3D reconstructions and models for patients with mandibular tumors and odontogenic tumors. This is a very serious condition that can result in a very damaging bone loss in the jaw and serious facial deformity. 3D printed models help surgeons to remove the tumor and also to reconstruct the patient’s facial features to ensure minimal deformity.
NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing worked with the NUH Department of Orthopaedic to assist in the planning of complicated surgeries and revision procedures where implants have failed. 3D printed models ensure that the surgeons have a chance to rehearse their surgery before entering the operating theater and exercise multiple options available for the best outcome without time pressure.