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Singapore’s Minister inks green public-private AM initiatives at GAMS 2023

NAMIC's recently concluded Global Additive Manufacturing Summit continues to drive the local government's interest towards additive manufacturing

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The 12th Global Additive Manufacturing Summit, or GAMS 2023, that took place last week in Singapore saw Mr. Alvin Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, as Guest-of-Honour. The annual summit marks the final event of the Singapore Additive Manufacturing Week organized by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), convening more than 800 in-person and virtual global delegates.

Global thought leaders exchanged ideas on how additive manufacturing enables sustainability and supply chain resilience in industries such as cellular agriculture, urban solutions, renewables, and environmental sustainability. An exhibition was also held alongside the summit, showcasing AM technologies from 10 industry players.

At GAMS 2023, Minister of State Alvin Tan launched the Pelagus 3D joint venture between Thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen and witnessed the inking of several public-private partnerships that will elevate Singapore’s green additive manufacturing capabilities.

These collaborations will create platforms for industry tests and implementation, and catalyze new business growth and business models for AM companies. It will also help to accelerate the standards and certification of additive manufacturing and expand the AM ecosystem.

Singapore's Minister inks green public-private AM initiatives at GAMS 2023, as NAMIC drives the local government's interest
The Pelagus 3D team after the announcement of the new joint venture at GAMS.

“NAMIC has played a pivotal role in building out the additive manufacturing ecosystem since its inception, positioning Singapore as one of the leading international additive manufacturing hubs,” said Dr. Ho Chaw Sing, Chief Executive Officer of NAMIC. “Leveraging on the deep multi-disciplinary research talent pool in our Institutes of higher learning and research institutes, NAMIC has orchestrated the translation and pull-through of promising research into industry-needed additive manufacturing technological solutions in several sectors

“NAMIC has also invested in nurturing the deep-tech and AM startup community, facilitating investor connections and co-creating innovations in products, advanced materials and platform solutions such as bioprinting and robotic additive manufacturing systems – Dr. Ho continued. Through our open innovation platform, several long-standing public-private partnerships have been forged to help our companies pivot towards high-value-added business activities in product design and innovation, and cradle-to-cradle with additive manufacturing adoption. Moving forward, NAMIC will continue to address the industrial scale-up adoption challenges including standards and regulations, as well as developing a strong pool of STEM-based talents with design thinking.”

The Singapore AM Week, held from 25 to 29 September 2023, also consisted of seven co-organized industry-led design for additive manufacturing workshops and tours hosted by HP, Dassault Systemes, Autodesk, Formlabs, i-Vtech Solutions, Hyperganic GmBH, Hexagon, and Proterial; NAMIC’s annual Start-up Innovation Forum and NAMIC’s Global Additive Manufacturing Summit (GAMS) 2023.

The week-long event was held in conjunction with the 1KG Challenge Exhibition, where participants each developed a 1kg 3D printable sustainable design model and the finalists’ models were showcased. The 1KG Challenge Exhibition is co-organised with Japan-based ExtraBold, as part of the Singapore Design Week 2023.

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