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Introduction to 3d Printing

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3D Printing, or Additive Manufacturing, has seen a phenomenal rise in terms of usage and popularity amongst engineers and scientist. It has gain a lot of attention in the various media all over the world. Recent investments by major companies, private corporations and government agencies showed the importance of this technology and its importance to the next generation of product development and advanced manufacturing. What is 3D Printing? Why is it so important and what does it mean to companies involve in manufacturing?


This two day course aims to address these questions and provide a clear and wide-ranging introduction to this technology and its implications to the future development of manufacturing.


This course will introduce to participants what 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing (AM) is and provide them with a clear understanding and summary of the following:

  1. Fundamentals of 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing
  2. Advantages and Strengths of Additive Manufacturing
  3. The Additive Manufacturing Chain
  4. Classification of Additive Manufacturing
  5. A comprehensive look at the different AM Systems
  6. Applications of AM in the industry and home

Who should attend

Managers, engineers and technicians who wish to have clear understanding of what 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing is, what this technology can be used for, the different kinds of the technologies available and how the technology will impact upon current product design, development and manufacturing practices.


Leong Kah Fai is an associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. He obtained his B.Eng. (Mech.) with Honours from the National University of Singapore in 1981 and M.Sc. degrees in Engineering Product Design and Mechanical Engineering...

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