A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering have launched two Joint Labs in Natural Fibre Composites and Large Format Machining to boost research and development (R&D) in manufacturing and support the local industry needs.
This collaboration builds capabilities and develops technologies to help the complex equipment, aerospace, as well as marine and offshore clusters. The SIMTech-NUS Joint Labs also serve as platforms to nurture R&D manpower for industry, transforming them into centres of excellence in their respective technical areas to benefit more industry sectors, according to the joint press release from the two institutions.
Due to the growing demand for sustainable, lightweight and cost-effective products, the cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of the natural fibre market is expected to grow by 11 percent over the next five years. The Natural Fibre Composites Joint Lab is thus expected to meet this growing demand.
The Large Format Machining Joint Lab on the other hand will leverage expertise in machining and tool development, complex parts machining strategy and in-situ machining process monitoring from SIMTech and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of NUS respectively to tackle the challenges faced by the industry. The challenges include distortion, inaccuracy, high aspect ratio, and harsh working environments that can cause tool failures in the machining of large and complex components.
The Large Format Machining Joint Lab will also train the future workforce to support high value machining of large parts with complex surfaces, high precision thin-walled structures over large areas and machined features with extremely high aspect ratios.
Besides the two Joint Labs, SIMTech and NUS will award 20 PhD scholarships for manufacturing research conducted in the Joint Labs as part of their efforts to nurture talents in the industry.
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