The HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab, which has commenced on 1 November 2018, is a collaboration between NRF, HP Inc. and NTU. It is the 13th corporate lab supported by NRF and HP’s largest university research collaboration worldwide. The lab supports Singapore’s push toward industry transformation – in the areas of digital manufacturing and 3D printing technologies. Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering is one of four technology domains under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 Plan, which is Singapore’s national strategy to develop a knowledge-based innovation-driven economy and society.
The Corporate Lab’s main research themes focuses on advancing 3D Printing, specifically around artificial intelligence, machine learning, new materials and applications, cybersecurity and customisation. The lab has 3 major programmes:
- 3D Printing
- Digital Systems and Artificial Intelligence
The multidisciplinary Corporate Lab involves more than 20 NTU PIs across different schools and colleges, as well as from HP, and aims to recruit up to 100 researchers and staff. In addition to specific research milestones within each projects, the Corp Lab aims to support innovation and research through creating technical disclosures, patents, papers and new products. The areas covered will close the loop on all the necessary requirements to bring innovative products to market in the digital age; incorporating both hardware & software (including data analytics for machine learning & also security features). In essence, the collaboration will plant the first seeds of innovative research for the incoming tsunami of advanced manufacturing technologies and expand Singapore and NTU’s capabilities in this large and emerging space.