The Emerging Frontiers of Functional 3D Printing

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


Since the conception of 3D printing 30 years ago, the use of 3D printing technologies has evolved from being just a prototyping tool in product development to making actual parts used in aerospace, automotive, biomedical and electronic industries. 3D printing provides manufacturing advantages such as reduced production cost, reduced lead time, customizability and increased design freedom. In addition, it is now a reality to enhance  performance of 3D printed parts by incorporating functionality into 3D printed processes. 

In this course, new materials and methods to introduce functionality are discussed in emerging fields such as aerospace, biomedical and electronics. Intrinsic factors such as material compositions and extrinsic factors such as process-based changes that influence materials performance are covered. Case studies and challenges are also highlighted for the above industries.

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Course Availability

  • Date(s): 29 to 30 Nov 2022

    Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

    Venue: NTU Yunnan Campus, HP-NTU Corp Lab

    Registration Closing Date: 16 Nov 2022

At the end of this course, the learners will learn:
• Understand the process flow of 3D printing
• Explain the motivation and current strategies of enhancing functionality in 3D printed parts
• Recognize and summarize AM technologies for processing of composite materials for aerospace industry, biomaterials and ceramics
• Explain the principles of these techniques.
• Understand the principle of HP D300
• Identify the potential of functional 3D printing

Day 1
• Introduction to 3D Printing and current landscape of functionality in 3D Printing
• Composite materials for aerospace industry
• Ceramics for biomedical implant
• Conductive materials for electronics printing
• Lab tour/demo of electronics printing

Day 2
• Biomaterials for bioprinting
• Material Aspects of 3D printed medical devices
• Lab tour/ demo of D300 dispenser
• Course assessment


This course is suitable for Manufacturing Engineers, 3D Product Engineers, Technical Managers, Production Engineers, Development Engineers, material specialist or scientists, process engineers, biomedical specialists, practitioner in various industries including aerospace, biomedical and electronics industries.


Standard Course Fee: S$1712.00

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Cat-A SSG Funded Courses


Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)


  • All fees stated are inclusive of 7% GST
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click  here for more information. 
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Dr Ng Wei Long

Dr Ng Wei Long was a recipient of the prestigious A*STAR Graduate Scholarship awarded by Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. He joined the Bio-Manufacturing Programme as a PhD student in 2013 under a collaborative project with Nanyang Technological University and was conferred his degree in 2017. During his candidature, Wei Long achieved a breakthrough by developing a novel process to fabricate skin constructs with uniform pigmentation using 3D bioprinting. After this work was published in a landmark paper in Biofabrication, the journal featured it in its press release and it was subsequently picked up by industry experts as well as the national newspaper of Singapore, The Straits Times.

His current research interest is in 3D bioprinting of human-based tissue models for toxicology/chemical testing. He has been working intensively on skin bioprinting over the last 6 years to leverage on the advances in 3D bioprinting technology to fabricate scalable source of in-vitro human skin models for fundamental dermatology and potential animal-free cosmetics testing. As a young researcher, his research work has great influence in the field of 3D bioprinting – he has co-authored 2 book chapters, 24 technical papers with >800 citations and H-index of 15. 


Dr Yeong Wai Yee

Dr Yeong Wai Yee

Active in 3D printing research since 2004, Professor Wai Yee Yeong has created multiple frontiers in 3D printing, taking the leads in 3D Bioprinting, electronics printing and metal printing research. Associate Prof Yeong Wai Yee is currently serving as Associate Chair (Students) at MAE NTU. She has been awarded with research grant in the order of >$10 million and her works have been featured on media such as CNA, the Straits Times and other media channels. Her portfolio includes serving as Programme Director (Aerospace and Defence) at Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP), Program Director (3D Printing) at NTU-HP Digital Manufacturing Lab and Co-director of NTU Institute for Health Technologies.

Her research and innovation leadership is well-recognized internationally, serving as Technical Chair for international conferences and Associate Editor for top tier journal Virtual and Physical Prototyping. She has been shortlisted as the finalist for the 2019 Inaugural TCT-Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award for her overall achievement in 3D printing. She is one of the global finalists for the TCT award 2019. She has also been named as a finalist for Lush Prize (Science Category) in 2018 for her work in bioprinting of tissue models to replace animal testing.

She has filed more than 8 patents and know-hows, creating new processes, new metal alloy and new printable hydrogel. At scholarly front, she has co-authored 2 textbooks, 4 book chapters, 130 technical papers with >3100 citation and H-index of 29. She serves as the Associate Editor for international journal, Virtual and Physical Prototyping.

She received her BEng( 1st class Hons) and PhD degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Prior to joining NTU in 2013, she has industrial experiences in technical and supervisory functions in research and development, manufacturing and quality systems.

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