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.

Video link: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-scientists-produce-in-vitro-human-skin

Link: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-humanskin/membrane-in-a-minute-singapore-scientists-produce-in-vitro-human-skin-idUSKBN1XN1EB

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.

-Similar articles in Medical News Line, Medicalnewser.com, both 9 Nov

 

- Coverage on NTU pioneering 3D-printed anatomy for learning initiated by CCO. View press release here.

3DPrint.com, 8 Nov 2018

Adjusting the Design, Material, and Parameters of a 3D Printed Strain Gauge with Computational Simulation

 

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.

Link: https://3dprint.com/229471/adjusting-parameters-of-3d-printed-strain-gauge-with-computational-simulation/

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.

Click here to find out more.

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

Click here to find out more.

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.

TODAY online, 24 Jan 2017

National cluster helps firms tap new 3D bioprinting tech

 

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. 

Science Daily online, 23 Jan 2017

National cluster helps companies tap on new 3D printing technologies

The Straits Times online, 18 Jun 2016

 

Now printing: A revolution in how things are made.

NTU Professor Yeong Wai Yee developed a 3D-printed drone together with ST Engineering.

INVITED TALKS

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.

https://acbdisbm2019.medmeeting.org/9078?lang=en

 

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

https://namic.sg/events/unlocking-am-technology-for-marine-offshore-industry-applications/

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

2017: Singapore Association of Lab Animal Sciences Conference

09 NOV 2017, Singapore

2017: NAMIC 4th AM Summit Series Emerging Applications Summit

07 Nov 2017, Tuesday, Raffles City Convention Centre 

2017: SingHealth Duke-NUS Surgical & Anaesthesia Congress, 04-05 AUG 2017, Singapore

 

2017: 3D Bioprinting: Physical and Chemical Processes

02-03 May 2017, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA

http://horizons.aip.org/3d_program.htm

2017: "Science improving lives" Symposium 2017, 27 FEB 2017, Singapore

 

2016: 26th Singapore Pharmacy Congress

Topic: 3D Printing and Bioprinting of Health Products – Shaping Healthcare through Innovation.

2016: Bioprinting and 3D Printing in the Life Sciences Conference

Topic: The State of the Art and Trends of Bioprinting.

2016: Duke-NUS Medical School CoRE Signature Seminar Series

Topic: 3D Printing - From Development to Market: Overcoming Regulatory Barriers.

2015: Singapore Health and Medical Congress

Topic: 3D Bio-printed Skin: Fantasy or Impending Reality.

2014: 4th Molecular Materials Meeting Singapore

Topic: Additive Manufacturing: Materials and Their Application.

TEACHINGS

MA 6815 Biofabrication

MA 6423 Prototype and Rapid Prototyping

MA 4845 Manufacturing Automation

MA 4001 Engineering Design

MA 2006  Engineering Mathematics 

Summer Course: Bioprinting

INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS & CONFERENCES

Member of Editorial Board

Associate Editor, Virtual and Physical Prototyping, 2013-Present

Associate Editor, International Journal of Bioprinting

Conference Organisation

Technical Chair for Pro-AM Conference 2016

Technical Chair for Pro-AM Conference 2014

Reviewers for the following grants

ERC advanced Grant 2019  (panel members list)

Rosetrees Trust Grant 

Referee for the following journals

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Acta Biomaterialia

Advanced Healthcare Materials

Applied Sciences

Biofabrication

Biomaterials 

Carbon 

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

PLOS ONE

Rapid Prototyping Journal

Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Scientific Reports

Thin Solid Films

Vacuum

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