MOU signed for additive manufacturing

Collaboration between ARBURG, Nanyang Polytechnic and Maha Chemicals

ARBURG Singapore had an MOU signing with Maha Chemicals Asia Pte Ltd and Nanyang Polytechnic for additive manufacturing. This collaboration serves two objectives: firstly, to deepen NYP’s capability in the emerging areas of advanced additive manufacturing (AM) application of the ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF) for manufacturing functional, complex precision plastic components for medical, electronics, automotive, aerospace and precision engineering industries.
Secondly, to resolve the challenges in availability of qualified material by utilizing injection moulding granules as freeformer’s material feed.

Mr. David Chan, Managing Director ARBURG ASEAN, says: “We hope to build a strong synergy with MahaChem as they are one of the foremost companies in the Specialty Chemicals Marketing and Distribution Industry in Southeast Asia. As Nanyang, they are well known in providing research and technology transfer for advanced manufacturing. We are very proud to sign the MOU with them today.”

Mr. Desmond Tan, Head of department of Nanyang Polytechnic, adds “ARBURG’s freeformer using the APF technology, is a versatile Additive Manufacturing machine with ability to print precision components using standard plastic granulates. The freeformer offers an economically viable alternative solution to traditional injection moulding for high-mixed-low-volume production of injection moulded high quality precision engineering applications. This unique technology has great potential for industry production applications. We are excited to work with ARBURG and MahaChem in applied research solution and applications of APF technology and to co-train manpower for the industry.”

MahaChem, as the exclusive distributor of the freeformer in Southeast Asia, will work closely with ARBURG to document and transfer knowledge of APF to upgrade and benefit NYP staff and students. MahaChem will work with NYP to manage projects on the freeformer, as well as reaching out to industries on a regional level.

About Maha Chemicals (Asia) Pte Ltd
Founded in 1975 in Singapore, Maha Chemicals is one of the foremost brand name in the Speciality Chemicals Marketing and Distribution Industry, with 11 established offices in the Southeast Asia region. MahaChem started the 3D printing division to provide the regional additive manufacturing market a comprehensive and affordable suite of open system 3D printers, along with material and services.

About Nanyang Polytechnic
Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) was established in 1992 in Singapore. It has seven academic schools namely School of Chemical & Life Sciences, School of Design, School of Engineering, School of Health & Social Sciences, School of Information Technology, School of Interactive & Digital Media and School of Business Management, offering a variety of courses to about 15,000 students. The School of Engineering (SEG) offers a range of engineering services and courses that cater to the needs of the advanced manufacturing sector. The Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) at SEG offers services in Design for Additive Manufacturing, Design Optimisation, Design Topology and Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace, Marine and Offshore, Precision Engineering and Health Care applications, as well as manpower training courses in Additive Manufacturing technology for the industry.