NAMIC Summit 2019 Make a Difference

Making a difference for the 7th edition of NAMIC AM Summit 2019. This year, NAMIC Summit 2019 was a week of discovery, innovation, engagement and inspiration held from 6 to 10 May 2019 in Singapore. Other than the flagship conference on second day, there were two certification short courses, seven workshops, industry visits and startup innovation forum. The two certification short courses are: UL – NAMIC Fundamentals of AM Certification Course and TUV SUD – NAMIC AM Quality & Production Management 2-Day Course.

This summit focuses on how design is integral to the Additive Manufacturing process, diving deeper into solutions and applications brought about by topology optimization, generative design and software advancement.

Ginkgo3D would like to take this opportunity to sharing with you the highlights of NAMIC Summit 2019.

The Exhibition Pavilion

This year at the exhibition pavilion, there is a total of 16 exhibitors showcasing their coolest 3D printed products, 3D printers, solutions and training for additive manufacturing.

NAMIC together with IHL Hubs showcasing the 3D printing competition winning entries on display.

ITAP Booth sharing with the participants about coming Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific 2019 from 22 – 24 Oct 2019 at Expo.

Mr. Thierry Gautreau, Industry 4.0 and companies transformation support from Cetim, together with Ms Sim and Ms Lim from Matcor Technology & Services.

Matcor Technology & Services, CETIM Group, supports in R&D, Innovation processes, failure analysis as well as training. Cetim is the reference partner to support you on your 4.0 industrial transformation, from the strategic roadmap to the operational deployment of technological and digital bricks.

“Additive Manufacturing expertise support has become part of our DNA on this journey to the mechanical industries.” – Cetim

You can find companies like TUV SUD, TAFF-JDMIS, MSC Software, Siege, DesignTech Technologies, and Learner Hubs participating too.

The DfAM Conference

“We need our future engineers to design and think differently when they design for the product or solutions,” said Dr Ho Chaw Sing (below left), Managing Director of NAMIC at the welcome speech. “Additive manufacturing combine with digital technology will have the potential to transform our future for the better.”

Opening speech by Dr Koh Poh Koon (below right), Senior Minister of State & Ministry of Trade and Industry, Dr Koh said “Additive Manufacturing is an important growth factor in Singapore and it presents growth opportunity for the future as well.” Dr Koh believed that with improved capabilities, companies can better leverage additive manufacturing technologies to skill up and capture new business opportunities.

NAMIC announced collaboration with leading international 3D Printing network Mobility Goes Additive (MgA).

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) signed a memorandum of understanding with Mobility goes Additive (MgA) at NAMIC Summit 2019, witnessed by guest-of-honor, Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State from Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr Oliver Fixson, Deputy Chief of Mission from German embassy Singapore and Dr Lim Jui, Chief Executive Officer from NTUitive (NTU Innovation).

Mobility goes Additive is the leading international network of companies, intuitions and research institutes working on industrial additive solutions based in Berlin, Germany.

Dr Ho Chaw Sing, NAMIC Managing Director (seated, right) signs the MOU with Ms Stefanie Brickwede, MgA’s Managing Director (seated, left). Witnesses included Mr Oliver Fixson, Dr Koh Poh Koon and Dr Lim Jui (standing, from right to left)

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 cooperation between our European network and the Singapore 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.”

Winners for SC3DP 2019 Seventh Singapore International 3D Printing Competition co-organized with the Singapore Centre and NAMIC. The objective is to promote awareness and adoption of 3D printing technologies. The theme for this year is to recreate two everyday items, STATIONERY and / or COMPUTER MOUSE.

NAMIC invited World-Class Speakers to share their knowledges and experiences on Generative Designs, Simulation, Modelling and Industrial Applications of Digital Design Solutions.

“Generative Designs, Simulation and Modelling” Session:

Kick start with Mr John E. Barnes, Founder & Managing Director from The Barnes Group Advisors, shared the transformative role of design in driving innovation in the future of manufacturing. “Additive Manufacturing can be disruptive because it means that a lot of people need to learn new things.” said John. He also shared projects and case studies on how generative design and topology enhance additive manufacturing. To adopt AM, we need to reach out to existing engineers and teaching new engineers to have innovation led thinking and manufacturing thinking.

Coming on stage next is Mr Lin Kayser Sebastian, Co-Founder and CEO from Hyperganic Technologies AG. He shared examples of nature inspired design solutions for industrial application. Some product designs cannot be created using the computer-aided design as the technologies and requirement are getting more advance; we need to create the product using codes such as chips, we generate the chip based on our requirement. “Industry is changing dramatically. Today we have technology in our pockets which is also our incredible challenges. AM is the key element to embraces the industry.”

Simon Ng, Head of Design & Manufacturing Industry from Autodesk, introduced Autodesk Generative Design – it can generate multiple methods of Manufacturability (Additive, Subtractive and Formative). Users can input multiple materials and combinations of loads to generate the solutions. Showing example of the interior of a part with generative design, it reduces the weight of the part yet increase the performance of the part. The old way of designing – the designer/engineer uses computer as passive machine resulting in limited design options but the new way of designing with computer using artificial intelligence algorithms and designer/engineer unite as co-creators, we can create plenty of design options.

Andre Wegner, CEO from Authentise & Digital Manufacturing Chair at Singularity University, explained “Disappearing CAD doesn’t mean disappearing. Disappearing means shortening.” It is not about creating new design, it is about new production design such as orientation, support and nesting. With the design tools are moving into the workflow, we can avoid late decisions and also open room for flexibility which leads to increase productivity. In today’s market, there are plenty of design tools and it is not possible to buy or learn all software. We need tools that require no learning, zero cost switching or pay-per-use methods. The advantage of having more competition in the market leads to better products for users.

Dr Brent Stucker, Director from Additive Manufacturing ANSYS, shared the challenges in metal additive manufacturing. In the building layer-by-layer process, we cause stress internally on the printed part. Distortion and shrinkage lines occur during printing; with simulation, you can accurately predict these anomalies. User can change the build orientation and/or part design to eliminate these anomalies. With the help of additive simulation software, it enables accurate predictions on optimal geometry, best build orientation, part distortion & stress, support distribution effect, build failure, porosity, microstructure and many more.

Before ending the “Generative Designs, Simulation and Modeling” session, Professor Kristin Woods, Co-Director IDC SUTD, invited the panelists on stage at the Panel Discussion on the topic “The Impact of Design on Industry 4.0: A Designed and Systematic Approach To Industrial Solutions”.

“Industrial Applications of Digital Design Solutions” Session:

After the networking lunch, Mr Lior Polak, CEO & Co-Founder from Assembrix, sharing on stage the distributed manufacturing in action – the dynamic machine allocation and real-time monitoring. With the Virtual Manufacturing Space (VMS), you are able to print your file anywhere (internal or multiple suppliers); it doesn’t need to be near you. Using VMS, user is able to lock the part in a specific location in the printer and set the specific parameter for the part; this will control the IP of the part. The printer’s owner will not be allow to change the parameter.

Gregor Reischle, Head of Additive Manufacturing from TUV SUD, shared the impact of design optimization on additive manufacturing from the certification and testing perspective. Today AM industry is within its “early majority phase”, where it is unclear for many implementers where to focus on. Tomorrow our iAM readiness initiative will provide a holistic and focused commitment towards high-end manufacturing. Some of the pain are no reproducible production, personal skills are not well defined, standard landscape incomplete and insufficient reliability. On the other hand, the gain will be AM specifics-related Quality Mark for Machines, production sites, material and people.

What are the top 5 design tips for production-level printing? Yathiraj Kasal, AddWorks Leader Asia Pacific from GE Additive, shared the top 5 tips for design success with the audiences with illustration. First tip is numbers, numbers don’t lie. Business case critical first step for ensuring successful additive adoption for production. Compare and analysis the cost saving and performance factors between conventional fabrication and additive component. Second tip is back to basics, we must understand the part function, requirements, interfaces, materials and system level impacts. An example given was using additive manufacturing, the team redesign the part from an assembly of 20 components to 1 part without reducing the performance, and instead, it reduced 30% of the weight and 60% on the cost. The third tip is to fail fast – validate features, function, performance and iterate design early. The last 2 tips are optimize for productivity and be neighborly. Yathiraj also shared the case studies of their projects using intelligent design on additive manufacturing like the CFM LEAP fuel nozzle, GE9X LPT blade production and GE Aviation’s power door opening system bracket.

Coming on stage next is Dr Guglielmo Vastola, Scientist from A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing, sharing the digitally correlating design, material and processes to unveil next-generation simulation software for additive manufacturing. Dr Guglielmo explained how they make use of simulation on the additive manufacturing process of a thin-wall square tube to improve and produce the consistent straight part. The simulation showed the distortion experienced by the part as it is being built, using the analysis, they modified the wall thickness and fillet radius as well as the parameter setting like the slicing in layers, material properties and the post-processing. It may be a simple geometry but it may not be a simple outcome. Using simulation, they are able to predict the distortion area that may cause inconsistent surface. The challenge for DfAM is not design on the shape only but the combination of geometry, powder and microstructure. Dr Guglielmo shared how they address DfAM through IHPC’s “Digital Twin” platform.

Herman von Bolhuis, CEO from 3D Makers Zone, introduced Amsterdam Smart City – the innovation platform that brings together proactive citizens, innovation companies, knowledge institutions and public authorities to shape the city of the future. 3D Makers Zone is one of the organizations under the Digital City category. Herman shared what should aspiring startups and tech entrepreneurs look out for in their 3D Printing business. We need to focus on solutions not technologies, start small and fail fast. Fail fast means faster turnaround for improvement before investing big.

Over the stretch of inspiration and engagement presentation from all the world-class speakers, the event moved on to the last section of the whole conference – the Panel Discussion on the topic “Global Perspectives: How will Design and AM Technology Transform the way We Live, Work and Play to create a World Class Livable and Loveable City?”

AM Industry Visits

Excited participants going for the full day industry visit to HP, Jabil, Creatz3D and Emerson to learn about their latest technologies offerings, manufacturing solutions, best practices and industrial applications.

The Workshops

Mr Mahendran Reddy, Deputy Director from National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster and Head of Ecosystem Office, giving the welcome speech at SUTD-Miniwiz Sustainability in AM Design Thinking Workshop and CADFEM ANSYS AM Simulation Workshop on the 1st Day of NAMIC Summit 2019.

SUTD-Miniwiz Sustainability in AM Design Thinking Workshop

Javier Fernandez (left) and Stylianos Dritas (right), both are Assistant Professor from SUTD, shared with the audiences on Digital Biominetics – Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing. The molecular structure from the nature and the different type of materials. There are many materials around but it is not about the material, it is about how we use them. The structural method of how we print the material will enhance the strength and properties of the end product.

Javier and Stylianos also shared the anatomy of their problem encountered and the printing process of the tallest 3D Printed Biological Sculpture at SUTD lobby. There is a great reduction in weight for the sculpture during the wet state and the dry state from approx. 479.40kg to 95.88kg.  The sculpture was made from the natural mixture of Chitin, Cellulose, Vinegar and Water.

Ar. Tan Szue Hann M Arch, Managing Director from Miniwiz Singapore, introduced circular economy. The concept of recycling resources for regeneration in counter to the “take-make-dispose” consumerism culture. It is an economic system where products and services are traded in ‘cycles’ and the aim is to retain as value as possible of a product and part.

Hann also shared projects of buildings – Eco-Ark in Taipei, Jackie Chan University in TianJin, Jackie Chan Hotel in Beijing, Anything Butts in Rome, etc. Apart from projects from other countries, Temasek Shophouse is the project that we are working on with the interior made out of recycled materials.   Recycle resources can also applied to furniture, consumer products and apparel made from recycled resources. The jacket that Hann is wearing is also made from PET bottles.

To bring the process of recycling closer to the public, Miniwiz created Trashpresso, a portable trash recycling machine, that can be brought to anywhere in the world. Plastic waste goes into one end and building tiles emerge from the other end.

CADFEM ANSYS AM Simulation Workshop

Opening remarks by Professor Jerry Fuh, Centre Director of AM NUS, Proj Jerry Fuh strongly believe that additive manufacturing needs many parties (designers, researchers, companies, etc) to work together to bring AM to higher level. Although 3D Printing has becoming more mature but there is still room to enhance because the printed results are still not consistent.

Nico Nagi from CADFEM GmbH Germany, introduce additive manufacturing process simulation using ANSYS. Nico shared about the topology optimization, lattice structures, using AM to produce complex parts and how to reduce material costs. Nico also shared the STL preparation before Additive Manufacturing Process Simulation and the expectation vs reality during printing. What are the benefit to process simulation? With simulation, it avoids trial and error, estimate the deformation and stresses; allow you to change the process parameters and support structure before printing. With the live demonstration of ANASYS software, audiences had a better understanding and visualization of the application. Introducing the “Tetraeder mesh”, this is the best mesh for simulation.

Yan Wentao, Assistant Professor from NUS, shared about the case studies of their project using ANSYS simulation on computational modeling of thermal stress and distortion for additive manufacturing of new metallic materials. Professor Yan explained the influence of power, scan speed, scan pattern, placement and material. Using ANSYS simulation, they achieved uniform assumed strain model.






Altair/ATE Design Software Simulation Workshop

Mangesh Gite, Technical Manager from Altair and DfAm Consultant from Nanyang Polytechnic, empowered the knowledge to design for additive manufacturing utilizing topology optimization and lattice structures as well as the challenges faced. It is important to improve the product performance by utilizing the design freedom. Altair’s topology optimization allows user to define the design space, non-design space, boundary conditions, loads and material properties and it will advice the solution of the optimized design. Optimization is not a one click solution. Mangesh shared the process of topology optimization and case studies of different projects.

Dr. Stephan Daynes, Scientist II from Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), shared the lattice (cellular) structure in nature such as human femur with load path alignment, sea sponge using hierarchical design for ductility and buckling resistance, honeycomb with efficient packing, dragon fly wing using stochastic pattern, human skull with impact protection as well as tree growth around the branch that enable efficient load transfer. Dr. Stephan shared the different type of lattices (strut-based and surface-based). Using additively manufactured lattice structures allow impact absorption, stiffness and strength, thermal management and many more.

Dr Stephan also shared their case study during their current research at SIMTech on Topology Optimisation and Functional Grading showing that significant stiffness and strength improvements may be achieved through non-uniform unit cells and functionally-graded designs.

Materialise Process Optimisation Workshop

Suresh Ratnam, Design Engineer from Materialise, introduced Materialise Magics software – 3D Print Suite for Data and Build Preparation to the audiences. Additive Manufacturing had been widely used at various industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Prototyping, Sports, Fashion, Healthcare, Eyewear and Consumer Goods.

With examples, Suresh shared the 6 Drivers for 3D Printing: Design, Time-to-market, Cost saving, Customization, High complexity and Small series. During design, we need to have design freedom for functionality like lightweight structures, when you have limited space or when you need to transport air, water or heat. One of the case study on Smoby Mold, they used AM to create the conformal cooling and lattice structure within the core insert, resulting in better cooling.

During the hands-on workshop, Suresh shared how to do basic fixing of errors such as inverted normal, bad edges, holes and shells. Audiences each given a 2 weeks trial license to try on their own laptop and experience themselves.

At the second half of the workshop, Suresh shared the Design & Engineering case studies from Philips, Volvo, Mammoth and Grippers.

Autodesk Generative Design Workshop and R&D Centre Tour

Sharing with the audience “The Future of Making with Autodesk Generative Design”, Mr Chui Thiam Yaw, Senior Solutions Specialist, explained the benefit of generative design technology. A design exploration and manufacturing solutions technology that enables multiple CAD-ready solutions with real-world manufacturing constraints and performance requirements.

Generative design has been used on industrial machines, heavy equipment and high tech devices. Company, Edera used generative design on their rotational spine protection (RSP) system to increase strength and limit rotation to prevent spinal fractures during sport activities. General Motors used generative design to consolidate 8 components into 1 part with 40% lighter yet 20% stronger. Besides Edera and General Motors, Mr Chui also shared case studies from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s lander, Whill’s Mobility wheelchair and Claudius Peters’ industrial equipment.

Divy Kishor Tiwary, Additive Manufacturing Specialist – APAC from Autodesk, shared the product development process using topology optimization between traditional design method and generative design method. With the help of Fusion 360, you can generate multiple validate manufacturing options of the generative design at the iteration phase and select the best design for production; reduce the time to market and increase productivity.

Divy also shared the benefit of simulation; without simulation, designer can only make changes to the product after receiving the final part but with the help of simulation, designer can make improvement on the product such as adjust the parameters or compensate geometries on the product on warpage reduction before fabricating the final part. This will reduce the time spent and save cost.


Dassault Systemes Catia Product Design Workshop with Hands-on

(From left to right) Jerome RETIF (Partner Success Manager AP South), Fabien Demoersman (Solution Consultant), Adrien Ermenault (Technical Specialist DELMIA), Vishal Savane (Portfolio Technical Specialist SIMULIA)

Jerome introduced 3DEXPERIENCE Platform on the Cloud – A business experience platform that provides software solutions for every organization from marketing to sales to engineering. With a single, easy-to-use interface, users can access to 3D design, analysis, simulation and intelligence software in a collaborative interactive environment.

Jerome also shared the digital connectivity in design process for additive manufacturing that enables the user to create generative design to process planning to virtual printing and post processing. Together with his team members, Jerome did a live demonstration how they work and assign project within 3DEXPERIENCE 3DDashboard similar to PDM concept. After the task been assigned to the next person-in-charge, he will receive notification on the assignment. He can continue to work on the project and assign to the next person-in-charge.

Using 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, Fabien explained and demonstrated the function and features of CATIA Function Driven Generative Design. CATIA Function Driven Generative Design enables non-specialists to automatically generate optimized conceptual parts from a functional specification at the push of a button. Designers are allow to generate multiple variations to compare and analyze various inputs.

Followed by Adrien’s demonstration on DELMIA software, that enables users to generate slicing and scan path to the 3D printer. User can also select the path and set rule to have a better finishing. You can use DELMIA Powderbed Fabrication app to prepare, validate the additive manufacturing process and create geometric support structures. DELMIA also have the function to optimize the part positions automatically.

Lastly, after received Adrien’s assignment, Vishal demonstrated SIMULIA Additive Manufacturing Scenario app leverages information from DELMIA to predict part distortions, residual stresses and microstructure evolutions during the build. User can define the parameter on the build tray and see the printing process virtually.

After a full week of activities, Namic Summit 2019 come to an end at the last workshop of the week organized by Dassault Systemes at The Cocoon Space.

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