HP launches $84mn Singapore lab to prioritise digital manufacturing technology

By Sean Galea-Pace
The US-based software company, Hewlett Packard (HP), has announced a partnership with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore to unveil...

The US-based software company, Hewlett Packard (HP), has announced a partnership with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore to unveil a research facility that concentrates on digital manufacturing technologies and additive manufacturing, ZD Net reports.

In a statement on Tuesday (23 October), it has been confirmed that the new $84mn HP-NTU Corporate Innovation Lab is the US vendor’s largest university research partnership globally and also becomes the first one for the Asian region.

HP revealed the facility is set to put an emphasis on digital manufacturing technologies, in particular 3D printing, as well as the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, customisation, machine learning and new materials and applications.

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“NTU has established deep capabilities...in the areas of machine learning, data science, and additive manufacturing,” said Subra Suresh, NTU President. “These cutting-edge technologies are now an integral part of NTU's education and research ecosystem, and the NTU Smart Campus serves as a testbed for them.”

The facility will work on 15 projects in order to gain a better understanding of advanced polymers for manufacturing applications, tapping AI to aid printers to predict and resolve issues automatically and help the development of bioprinting models for the printing of viable tissues.

We are committed to innovating with purpose, not only driving the technology breakthroughs that improve HP's business, but also contribute to creating economic opportunity and improving people's lives," added Dion Weisler, HP CEO and President.

The lab is set to be supported by a team of 100 researchers and staff.

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