The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) signed a memorandum of understanding with Mobility goes Additive (MgA) which is the leading international network of companies, institutions and research institutes working on industrial additive solutions based in Berlin, Germany.
The signing ceremony was held at the NAMIC Summit 2019: Design For Additive Manufacturing at the Marina Bay Convention Centre, witnessed by guest-of-honour, Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Mr Oliver Fixson, Deputy Chief of Mission, German embassy Singapore.
The goal of Mobility goes Additive and all network members is to overcome the challenges of serial Additive Manufacturing (3D-printing) with joint forces. In achieving this goal, some things are key for the network: the members’ will to achieve results and to work productively, the focus on solutions and the common willingness to jointly establish Additive Manufacturing as an integral part of the production chain.
Ms Stefanie Brickwede, MgA’s Managing Director said, ”It’s a great honor to be in this partnership. We are proud to have this opportunity to collaborate with NAMIC in the area of parts identification suitable for additive manufacturing in the industrial sector from medical, transportation and logistics, construction equipment, aviation, automotive, shipping etc. There is a lot of room for a co-operation between our European network and the Singaporean SMEs. We see NAMIC as a valuable gateway to the Asian market.”
Dr Ho Chaw Sing, NAMIC’s Managing Director said, “Mobility goes Additive exemplifies the collaborative vision the German and European ‘Mittelstand’ has with the research ecosystem to catalyse innovation in the industries, especially in the transportation sector, with six European state owned railways, to produce 3D printed spare parts. This extends beyond transportation into other industrial sectors which our SMEs can benefit from. We are deeply honoured and pleased to enter into this strategic alliance with MgA, given our common goal to advance and accelerate the adoption of 3D printing technologies in serial production.”
Additive manufacturing or 3D Printing is one of the key technologies in the Industry 4.0 ecosystem. In Singapore, its interest and adoption have been growing in various industrial sectors over the past few years, notably in the maritime, marine offshore, aerospace, precision engineering and biomedical sectors.