Membrane in a minute: Singapore scientists produce in-vitro human skin
Reuters, 13 Nov
A piece of skin about the size of your thumbnail can be printed in less than a minute, scientists in Singapore say, a game-changing step for the future of non-animal testing for cosmetics and other products.
Made up of skin cells from donors and collagen, the in-vitro skin has the same chemical and biological properties as human skin, says John Koh, lab manager at start-up DeNova Sciences, which is collaborating with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University on the product.
NTU pioneers 3D-printed anatomy for learning
958FM, 9 Nov
NTU LKCMedicine is the first in Singapore to use 3D-printed anatomy specimens for teaching. The 3D-printed parts, a collaboration between LKCMedicine and NTU’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, were introduced to medical students last month. Some 3D-printed parts include hearts, elbows, hands, pelvic models, and airway models. Ng Chen Lin, a first-year medical student, said that the plastinated specimens used in anatomy class are expensive, and have to be handled with extra care. In contrast, the 3D-printed specimens are not so easily damaged, and can be used to help students be more confident about the different parts of the human anatomy, the student added.
NTU pioneers 3D-printed anatomy for learning
Channel 8 online, 9 Nov
NTU is pioneering the use of 3D-printed anatomical specimens for medical education in Singapore. These specimens, introduced in anatomy class last month at LKCMedicine, are part of a collaboration between LKCMedicine and NTU’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing. Some 3D-printed parts include hearts, elbows, hands, pelvic models, and airway models. Assoc Prof Yeong Wai Yee from NTU’s SC3DP said the 3D-printed specimens are very similar to plastinated specimens in terms of hardness and flexibility. Before the specimen is printed, the 3D printing engineer has to decide on the combination of materials that make up a certain hardness and flexibility to mimic how a particular muscle or blood vessel would feel in a human body. This replicates the experience of touching a plastinated specimen, which is typically used to teach anatomy in LKCMedicine. So far, hearts, elbows, hands, pelvic models, and airway models have been printed. Upcoming specimens to be printed include the spine, and full lower and upper limbs.
NTU Singapore uses 3D-printed anatomical specimens for medical education
News Medical, 9 Nov
NTU is pioneering the use of 3D-printed anatomical specimens for medical education in Singapore. Just last month, students at LKCMedicine, jointly set up by NTU Singapore and Imperial College London, started learning anatomy with 3D-printed specimens. A collaboration between LKCMedicine and NTU's Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, these 3D-printed specimens are the latest example of NTU turning to innovative learning tools to prepare its medical students, as the medical education landscape shifts in tandem with the influx of digital technologies. Such innovative teaching tools were highlighted at the Transform Medical Education, an inaugural two-day conference that looks at how new pedagogical approaches and the latest technologies are shaping the future of medical education and healthcare practice.
- Coverage on NTU pioneering 3D-printed anatomy for learning initiated by CCO. View press release here.
A trio of researchers from the Singapore Center for 3D Printing at Nanyang Technological Universityrecently published a paper, titled “Aerosol Jet Printed Strain Sensor: Simulation Studies Analyzing the Effect of Dimension and Design on Performance,” about their work in using computational simulation to adjust the design, material, and parameters of a 3D printed strain gauge made with aerosol jet technology.
TCT magazine announces the winner for TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award
29 Sep 2019
Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award was featuring yet again at this years edition of the TCT Awards. They are a global organisation dedicated to promoting, supporting, and inspiring women who are using additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Their mission is to increase the visibility of women in the AM industry and encourage more women to use 3D Printing technologies.
Women in 3D Printing has an international network of ambassadors which spans more than 30 chapters around the world. These ambassadors used their knowledge of the industry to create a shortlist of women who stand out as being especially innovative within the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry. These finalists were then put to a public vote to determine the winner and for 2019 Professor Wai Yee Yeong was chosen for the TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award.
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About this award
2 July 2019
Announced back in April, this award was founded in collaboration with the TCT Group and Women in 3D Printing, an organisation which aims to promote the achievements and opportunities for women in the sector through events, content and quarterly diversity reports. TCT has been working with the organisation since 2017, along with partner company Cyant, on a number of female-led panel sessions at our events in the UK and the U.S., with another planned for this year’s TCT Show. The award felt like a fitting celebration of those efforts
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Channels News Asia (CNA) showcased our 3d printed multi-material biomodel technology!
14th March 2018
Challenge Tomorrow, a documentary series on Channel News Asia, presented our specially designed and fabricated multi-material biomodel on their latest episode!
As a project done with Lee Kong Chian Medical School, we 3D printed biomodels to replace the use of cadavers in the training and education of future doctors to a great success!
The Straits Times news feature on our 3D bioprinted skin research
2nd March 2018
"They are the first in the world to be able to match the colours found naturally on the human body."
This breakthrough could give companies a more ethical way of testing drugs or cosmetics, instead of using animals.
It could also potentially pave the way to print skin for medical purposes, including skin grafts for burn victims or diabetics.
More of the research is documented in this paper “Proof-of-concept: 3D bioprinting of pigmented human skin constructs”. It is published online in Biofabrication journal. It is co-authored by Wei Long Ng, Jovina Tan Zhi Qi, Wai Yee Yeong, and May Win Naing.
Live Interview on Singapore Tonight
Channel News Asia (CNA)
23rd January 2017
Insights into 3D Printing Industry
Asst Prof Yeong Wai Yee, director of the Aerospace and Defence Programme at the NTU Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, gave her comments on the 3D printing landscape in Singapore.
She said 3D printing is not new in Singapore, as academic research has been ongoing here for the last 20 years. What is exciting now is the concerted effort by the government to grow the sector and promote the technology in academia and industry.
3D printers are also being used in schools and the consumer space, particularly in teaching and prototype development.
Tissue implants customised for individual patients could soon be produced using a new mobile 3D printer under joint development by NTU and homegrown start-up Structo. The partners are developing a desktop-based 3D-bioprinting system, which allows it to be deployed in any clean room or cell culture room. Since it does not require a specialised facility and is easier to operate, it will lower the barriers to market in the bioprinting technology field, said Asst Prof Yeong Wai Yee, the scientist leading the project. She is the Aerospace & Defence Programme director at NTU’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing. This research tie-up is one of several partnerships under the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), which was officially launched yesterday.
The Straits Times online, 18 Jun 2016
NTU Professor Yeong Wai Yee developed a 3D-printed drone together with ST Engineering.
2019: Invited talk at UC-NTU Healthy Aging Research Workshop at Mong Learning Center, UCLA.
9-10 DEC 2019, USA
2019: Invited talk at 2019 Annual Conference for Society of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Biomanufacturing Division and the International Symposium on Bio-Manufacturing (ACBD-ISBM2019).
6 DEC 2019, Beijing, China.
2019: Invited talk at DSO AM Symposium, Singapore.
27 NOV 2019, Singapore
ACBD-ISBM2019, Beijing China, 06 Dec 2019 https://acbdisbm2019.medmeeting.org/en
UC-NTU Healthy Aging Research Workshop at Mong Learning Center, UCLA, December 9 - 10, 2019
2019: Invited talk at KU Leuven.
15 NOV 2019, Belgium
2019: Namic conference series in Marine and offshore industry, Ntuitive NTU
30 AUG 2019, Singapore
2019: SkillsFuture Festival @ NUS
Topic: Future of manufacturing - 3D printing
24 July 2019, Singapore
2019: Public Seminar at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
04 FEB 2019, Singapore
2018: 20th annual SME Conference and 21st Infocomm Commerce Conference (SMEICC).
Topic: AM TRACK 1.3: HOW TO BE A SMART FACTORY OF TOMORROW
15 & 16 August 2018,Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore
2018: Special subject speaker at MTI AsiaTAC
23 APR 2018, Singapore
2018: DSO on Bioprinting applications, at DSO National Laboratories (Kent Ridge)
05 APR 2018, Singapore
07 Nov 2017, Tuesday, Raffles City Convention Centre
Topic: 3D Printing and Bioprinting of Health Products – Shaping Healthcare through Innovation.
Topic: 3D Printing - From Development to Market: Overcoming Regulatory Barriers.
Topic: 3D Bio-printed Skin: Fantasy or Impending Reality.
Topic: Additive Manufacturing: Materials and Their Application.
MA 6815 Biofabrication
MA 6423 Prototype and Rapid Prototyping
MA 4845 Manufacturing Automation
MA 4001 Engineering Design
MA 2006 Engineering Mathematics
Summer Course: Bioprinting
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Associate Editor, Virtual and Physical Prototyping, 2013-Present
Associate Editor, International Journal of Bioprinting
Technical Chair for Pro-AM Conference 2016
Technical Chair for Pro-AM Conference 2014
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ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Advanced Healthcare Materials
Composites Part B
Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies
International Journal of Thermal Sciences
International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education
Journal of Alloys and Compounds
Journal of Cleaner Production
Journal of Materials Processing Technology
Journal of Materials Science
Journal of the Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials
Journal of Visualized Experiments
Materials and Design
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
Optics and Laser Technology
Rapid Prototyping Journal
Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Thin Solid Films