Singapore’s National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) is to join ASTM International’s Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCOE) as a strategic partner. ASTM International recently launched the centre to support research & development that advances AM standards.
The strategic partnership statement was signed Dr Ho Chaw Sing, NAMIC Managing Director, and Dr Mohsen Seifi, ASTM International’s Director of Global Additive Manufacturing Programs, at NAMIC’s Global Additive Manufacturing Summit, part of Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific, a Hannover Messe event.
Under the partnership, NAMIC will coordinate the centre’s R&D and related activities for the Asia-Pacific region, while also investing up to SGD$2 million (nearly $1.5 million) in the first two years. The partnership is ASTM International’s first in Asia, and is expected to support R&D and standardisation activities that will help drive the commercialisation of cutting-edge AM technologies in Singapore’s leading sectors, such as aerospace, maritime and offshore, as well as logistics and fabrication.
“We are excited to enter into this partnership with ASTM International,” stated Dr Sing. “We look forward to catalysing crucial research that helps establish technical standards, guiding Additive Manufacturing into the future for Singapore, Asia and the entire world. Our investment into the centre’s regional-based activities will support the implementation of AM technologies globally.”
“We are thrilled that NAMIC will be leading the Asia-Pacific’s efforts to drive advancements and innovation in Additive Manufacturing on a global scale,” added Dr Seifi. “NAMIC’s leadership in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul, maritime and offshore, and other industries will complement the centre’s capabilities, and we are pleased to welcome additional investments in this world-class partnership which will accelerate standardisation in this fast-growing field.”
Founding partners of the centre are Auburn University, NASA, EWI, and the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre. NAMIC and the U.S. National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) are the first strategic partners to join the centre since its foundation.