27 Sep '13, 6am

3D printing in Singapore needs clearer roadmap, value-add focus

3D printing in Singapore needs clearer roadmap, value-add focus

3D printing is being banked on by the Singapore government as one of the next big things, with massive investments and plans to grow the industry. But it's not the only one jumping on the bandwagon, the country will soon face intense competition from the region which is also making big bets. Singapore was actually a pioneer in 3D printing when it came about around two decades ago, but has since lagged behind in terms of developing talent, according to Ian Gibson, associate professor for engineering design and innovation center at National University of Singapore. "We started early when the machines nearly started coming out, there was a lot of interest locally," he said. Singapore playing catch up However Gibson pointed out Singapore was "very into semiconductors" at that time, so the technology did not serve the ecosystem. "We tried that. It didn't really work for Singapo...

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