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Chee Kai Chua
Chee Kai Chua, Ph.D.
Executive Director,
Singapore Centre for 3D Printing,
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Nanyang Technological University,
N3-02c-85, 50 Nanyang Avenue,
Singapore 639798
Tel: (65) 6790-4897 GMT+8h; Fax: (65) 6791-1859


Professor Chua Chee Kai is a distinguished Professor of Nanyang Technologic University, Singapore (NTU, Singapore) and the Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP). He is an active contributor to the additive manufacturing (AM) field for over 28 years. Professor Chua began his journey into AM in 1990. Now, his ongoing research at NTU Singapore are concerned mainly with powder bed fusion processes such as selective laser sintering and selective laser melting, bioprinting, 4D printing and food printing. He has made a number of major contributions in these areas. Specifically, his re-design and re-modeling of additive manufacturing processes for fabrication of innovative products and devices such tissue engineering scaffolds are highly regarded by the scientific community.

Professor Chua won the prestigious International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award 2018. In 2014, Professor Chua was elected as the top scientist in his research field of AM by Clarivate Analytics, and has maintained his position as one of the most cited scientists in AM since then. As at 2018, he has contributed more than 300 technical papers in local seminars, technical talks, international conferences and journals, generating more than 9300 citations and a H index of 49 (web of science).
He is also the co-author for four books, “3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: Principles & Applications in Manufacturing (5th edition)”, “Bioprinting: Principles and Applications”, “Standards, Quality Control and Measurement Sciences in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing” and “Lasers in 3D Printing and Manufacturing”. He is also the chief editor of the International Journal of Bioprinting and co chief editor of the “Virtual and Physical Prototyping” international journal.
To date, he has amassed close to S$150 M of research grants, resulting in a number of big centres and labs.  These are (1) the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing funded by National Research Foundation (2) NTU Additive Manufacturing Centre funded the Singapore's Economic Development Board (3) NTU-SIMTech Joint Lab in 3D AM (4) NTU-SUTD Joint Lab in Visualization and Prototyping (5) SLM Solutions @ SC3DP Joint Lab. He now heads a centre with 36 professors, 47 PhD students, 52 Master students, 15 research staff and a support team of business development, administrative and technical staff.  Another additional 100 PhD students will be recruited in the next 4 years.


Three DimensionalBuilding a World Class 3D Printing Research Centre: Strategies and Lessons

3D printing or additive manufacturing is one of the key elements in industry 4.0. Building a world class 3D printing centre is necessary and essential for any country that intends to catch up with or even take the lead in industry 4.0. However, establishing a successful world class 3D printing centre is not obvious. Getting sufficient initial funding and maintaining fruitful and sustainable development are the two greatest challenges. In this talk, I would like to share Singapore’s unique experience in building a world class 3D printing – Singapore Centre for 3D Printing. I hope that the strategies we have developed and tested and the lessons we have learnt could be useful to other countries.  

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Key Dates
   Deadline for Submission of Abstract:
  October 31, 2018
   Notification of abstract acceptance:
   November 15, 2018