The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), formed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore and SPRING Singapore, has reached out to approximately 400 local and international companies to help further the adoption of 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing. NAMIC has also established joint funding for 39 projects between companies and academic research institutions, such as Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore).
NTU’s innovation and enterprise company NTUitive is leading NAMIC in partnership with SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Economic Development Board. The cluster’s three founding members are Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
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A unique identifier code embedded during the printing process, developed by NTU scientists, would act like a barcode, helping safeguard product authenticity for manufacturers. The Embedded Identifier Module (EIM), as it is called, has already been demonstrated on 3-D printed stainless steel prototypes. It can be easily read by commercially available scanners and readers, and it has shown to be impossible to remove or alter.