Industrial Transformation (ITAP) & NAMIC Global AM Summit 2019

2019 is 2nd edition of Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC. ITAP is a HANNOVER MESSE’s leading trade event for Industry 4.0 in Asia Pacific, bringing together an ecosystem of manufacturers, government agencies and businesses ranging from multinational corporations (MNC) to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to shape and support their transformation initiatives.

ITAP is a strategic platform for manufacturers, technology providers and thought leaders to exchange ideas and best practices, build new networks and catalyse opportunities for innovation. The exhibition was categorized into 5 key segments:

  1. Additive Manufacturing – Integrated Industrial 3D Printing Solutions
  2. Digital Factory – Integrated Processes & IT Solutions
  3. Integrated Energy – Sustainable Solutions to Improve Energy Efficiency in Factories
  4. Industrial Automation – Factory & Process Automation, System Solutions & Industrial IT Solutions
  5. Smart Logistics – Smart Intralogistics & Supply Chain Management Solutions

Opening Ceremony

This 3-days event, 22nd to 24th October 2019, kicked off with the Joint Welcome Address by the Organisers, Mr Aloysius Arlando – Chief Executive Officer from SingEx Holdings (left) and Dr Jochen Kockler – Chairman of the Managing Board Deutsche Messe AG (right).

Followed by Opening Speech by Mr H.E. Dr Ulrich A. Sante, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Singapore (right) and Opening Address by Guest of Honour, Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance (left).

Coming up next is the Launch of Advanced Manufacturing Campus (AMC) at Jurong Innovation District.

Jurong Innovation District

Jurong Innovation District is a new hub for advanced manufacturing in Jurong West. This district aims to develop ecosystem for innovation such as 3D printing. Jurong Innovation District has the highest concentration of 3D printing facilities in Singapore.

Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance (top) and Dr Koh Poh Koon (right), Senior Minister of State & Ministry of Trade and Industry (below) visited the JID booth.

Tour at the Exhibition Halls

Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, visited the exhibition booths after the opening ceremony.

NAMIC Global Additive Manufacturing Summit (23rd – 24th October 2019)

Opening Remarks by Mr Mahendran Reddy, Business Development Director from NAMIC.

The 2-days Global Additive Manufacturing Summit was organised by National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and hosted by NTUitive. The summit focuses on the importance of material innovation in enabling the mass adoption of 3D printing.

“Sustainability and development in many manufacturing has been increasingly become important background” shared by Dr Ho Chaw Sing (left), Managing Director from NAMIC, at the Welcome Address. “Going thru the itinerary simulation of redesign process, allow products to be manufactured in a way that is more sustainable with resulting with minimum material wastage.”

Opening Address by Guest of Honour Mr Chee Hong Tat (right), Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, said, “Additive manufacturing technology and 3D printing is a game changer to manufacturing sector. It is a ready transforming and disrupting simple traditional manufacturing, lowing the cost and time for rapid prototyping. With additive manufacturing, manufacturers can now more easily customized their production processes and reuse overall time to market.”

MoU Ceremony

Dr Ho Chaw Sing, Managing Director of National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mr Raimund Klein, Executive Vice President of SIEMENS

Professor Teo Kie Leong of National University of Singapore (Centre for Additive Manufacturing) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mr Richard Hong, Chief Executive Officer of TUV SUD PSB Singapore

Mr Holger Lindner, Chief Executive Officer of TUV SUD PSB Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mr Jan Lueder, Chief Executive Officer of Thyssenkrupp Innovations

The Conference

The Key Topics for 2019 Global Additive Manufacturing Summit are the Materials for the future. The summit will share the latest progress on material innovation in enabling 3D printing serial production.

The sessions are categorized into:

  1. Fundamentals of 3D Printing, Material Science & Engineering: Progress & Trends in AM Material Development
  2. Material Innovation in 3D Printing as A Key Enabler of Sustainable Manufacturing
  3. Material Innovation as a Key Enabler in 3D Printing Advancement in Industrial Applications
  4. How Material Innovation is Enabling 3D Printing Advancement in Consumer Applications
Session 1 – Fundamentals of 3D Printing, Material Science & Engineering: Progress & Trends in AM Material Development:

Larry Lyons, Vice President of Product from Desktop Metal, shared the Global Perspective in the State of the Industry on the way metal parts will look in the 2020’s. It will be the new level of complexity with 30% – 50% lighter and mass customized. Larry ended the presentation with “This is just the beginning!”

Sylvia Monsheimer, Head of Market Segment N3D from Evonik Germany shared the High Performance Polymer Materials for Industrial and Emerging Applications. 3DP had changed its meaning several times from the historical point of view. From MIT-process to Office friendly processes to the HYPE now, covers all market segments or only the “fabber” segment.

Benjamin Moey, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing (Asia Pacific) from Siemens shared how AM has created new design possibilities and significant progress with new material development. “Using Additive Manufacturing, it takes shorter time compared to traditional method. The powder may be expensive but with the time saved, it improve productivity.”

Ved Narayan, Vice President Asia Pacific from Markforged shared with the audiences the case studies and applications of how AM is the way things are made is changing for good. “The 4th Industrial Revolution will make factories dramatically more efficient and reshape manufacturing.”



Before ending the morning session, Michael Petch, Editor-in-Chief from 3D Printing Industry and the Session Chair, invited the speakers back on stage for the Panel Discussion: Is Material Innovation the Key to Success for Adopting 3D Printing in Mainstream Manufacturing?

Session 2 – Material Innovation in 3D Printing as A Key Enabler of Sustainable Manufacturing:

Javier G. Fernandez, Co-Founder from Chitonous believed it is the beginning of a new manufacturing age which is “The Biomaterial Age”. The cost of waste management will multiply by 5 in the next 15 years. It is the time to rethink manufacture in the search for materials in the new era. “We have anything, everywhere for sustainability. We don’t aim to substitute synthetic materials, but to start a new paradigm in materials science,” said Javier. Their technology is to makes 3D printing 20x cheaper.

Volker Hammes, Managing Director from BASF New Business GmbH shared about industrial additive manufacturing of demanding applications requires sustainable, fit-for-purpose material solutions. BASF believed in understanding the application matters – providing high value creation when additive manufacturing process know-how meets application engineering expertise.

Christopher Eonta, Founder and CEO from MolyWorks Materials Corporation shared on circular economy consumes metal waste to accelerate additive manufacturing adoption and developing sustainable materials for 3D printing through recycling scrap materials. The benefits of recycling include 97% reduction in mining wastes, 90% raw material savings, 86% reduction in air pollution, 75% energy savings and many more.

Tan Szue Hann, Managing Director from MINIWIZ shared on upcycling trash material for sustainable construction with the concept of recycling resources for regeneration in counter to the “take-make-dispose” consumerism culture. With their Trashpresso, the trash materials can recycled into fabrics for clothes, furniture, interior or exterior design for architecture. Szue Hann also shared the case studies of Jackie Chan University in Tianjin, Jackie Chan Hotel in Beijing, Nike Area 13 in Taipei and many more inspiration examples.

In the recent “RECYCLERIGHT” event at HDB Hub, MINIWIZ displayed their portable recycling station, Mini Trashpresso and allow the public to create their recycled product. ROBIN, is an A.I Recycling Bin with digital user interface that shows the recyclables given in a color code that matches its garbage bin.


Coming up next is the 2nd Panel Discussion for Day 1 of Global Additive Manufacturing Summit. Michael Petch invited the speakers of session 2 on stage on the topic: How Can We Adopt Technologies such as 3D Printing to enable A Circular Economy?

Session 3 – Material Innovation as a Key Enabler in 3D Printing Advancement in Industrial Applications:

Dr Mark Beard, Global Director for Process and Application Development Additive Industries shared the materials in industrial metal additive manufacturing with the new developments and maximizing the potential of current materials. Metal AM parts are used in high demanding applications requiring high performance materials. Material development is the gateway to new applications whilst process development then drives cost and expands the uses.

Benny Buller, Founder and CEO from Velo3d shared the quality challenge faced in additive manufacturing such as the laser beam, gas flow, material properties and contamination but if we learn from semiconductor quality control at every step on additive manufacturing with the digital process, we can change, apply and monitor to make the process as stable as possible. “The golden key to AM – Direct Part Replacement is FAST, High ROI and Focus on Quality.”

C.O Tham, Managing Direction from Voestalpine shared case studies how to overcome complexities with additive manufacturing by reducing the process from 4 stages (Form, Bend, Glue and Blasted) to 1 operation only (Printing). With AM DED/DMD technology, comparing against the traditional manufacturing techniques, it reduce the prototyping time, no MOQ requirement and higher process stability.

Michael Agam, President of South Asia from Stratasys shared how 3D printing can be used as functional anatomical models for the surgeon to practice before the real operation, as well as digital anatomy spine. This will increase the successful rate of the operation.

Shrinivas Shetty, Chief Executive Officer from PrinterPrezz shared the benefit of additive manufacturing such as allowing new designs and better integration, maximizes the body’s healing potential as well as enable better bone on and through growth for implant. With additive manufacturing, it enables customization for all body types for global populations.


After the last speaker for the 2nd Day morning session, Joris Peels, Editor-in-Chief from 3DPrint. and the Session Chair, invited the speakers back on stage for the Panel Discussion: How Can Companies Integrate AM Solutions to Complement Traditional Manufacturing?

Session 4 – How Material Innovation is Enabling 3D Printing Advancement in Consumer Applications:

Benoit Valin, General Manager Asia Pacific from Essentium shared how to achieve scalable industrial manufacturing through additive material innovation. We need to minimize the set-up, machine time, cost and waste, at the same time maximizing the throughput, repeatability, quality and efficiency.

Johan Pauwels, Executive Vice President from Materialise shared case studies on how additive manufacturing create new possibilities to create a better world with material innovations. Redesigning of product with lattice-structured interior enhanced with integrated functionality with no assembly.

David Tan, General Manager Asia Pacific and Japan from Formlabs shared how 3D printing helps in customization and personalization of everyday products. 3D printing allows designers to have the design freedom to the final product.

Glen Hinshaw, Chief Executive Officer from RESA shared on custom footcare using 3D printing. Custom footcare has been in the market for decades and they make 3D printing mainstream through retail manufacturing by placing a popup display that allows the consumers to scan, live 3D printed and bring home their customized insole in an hour.

Sylvia Heisel, Director, Fashion Futurist + Creative Technologist from HEISEL shared about the future fashion in modern wearable lifestyle. How to use recyclable fabrics and manufacturing methods to make wearables and accessories.


Before ending the NAMIC Global AM Summit, Joris Peels and the speakers at the last Panel Discussion: Will 3D Printing Become One of the Mainstream Manufacturing Technologies for Consumer Products?

The Additive Manufacturing Exhibition Platform

Out of the total of 350 exhibitors from 30 countries, there were 53 companies of them participating under the Additive Manufacturing segment.

  • Industrial Automation – 55% with 191 companies
  • Digital Factory – 18% with 62 companies
  • Additive Manufacturing – 15% with 53 companies
  • Smart Logistics – 7% with 26 companies
  • Integrated Energy – 5% with 18 companies

NAMIC Start-up Pavilion

At NAMIC Start-up Pavilion, visitors can learn more on their services and technologies from companies around the world including Japan, US, Israel and Singapore.

  • RESA – Customized 3D Printed Foot Care
  • PV Nano Cell – First ever complete solution for inkjet based printed electronics
  • VELO3D – SupportFree metal additive manufacturing
  • Craft Health – Personalized nutrition and medicines platform
  • MolyWorks – Recycling metal waste for additive manufacturing grade powder
  • nTopology – Provide design and engineering solutions for additive manufacturing
  • Polyuse – 3D Printer for construction industry
  • Printerprezz – Blending medical innovation with advance design and manufacturing resources

A wonderful learning journey at Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific with NAMIC Global Additive Manufacturing Summit 2019 that brings lots of insights to visitors and industry peers.

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