The global center is aligned with Singapore's vision to be the advanced manufacturing hub of Asia.
The global center is aligned with Singapore's vision to be the advanced manufacturing hub of Asia.

UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science organization, plans to open a global additive manufacturing (AM) center in Singapore.

The new S$8million center, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will focus on advanced training, material and process validation programs, advisory services, and research to support both the local and global AM industry. Through R&D collaborations with local research institutes and industry partners such as the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing and the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre, UL aims to help develop the AM industry in Singapore.

UL's Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence will address critical gaps in the industry through by providing advanced training curriculum to speed up adoption and readiness of a strong AM workforce. The center's validation programs will address AM material and process qualifications and its center's advisory services will provide best practices on AM fast to production and AM part acceptance. Lastly, research will be conducted at the center to inform standards development.

Driving development

‘UL's Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence will play a catalytic role in helping our industrial companies strengthen their manufacturing competitiveness. This global center is also aligned with Singapore's vision to be the advanced manufacturing hub of Asia that drives the development of disruptive technologies such as additive manufacturing and robotics,’ said Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of the EDB.

The center is expected to employ 10 additive manufacturing technical experts.

This story is reprinted from material from UL, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.