South East Asia’s largest additive manufacturing facility is to be opened in Singapore as part of Ultra Clean Holdings’ (UCT) new 3D printing service. The new offering is reinforced by UCT’s acquisition of Prototype Asia, which was announced on 20 November.
Prototype Asia said on its website that its services will not be disrupted through the handover period, and, as part of UCT, the company will benefit from new technologies. The rapid prototyping company expects UCT’s 3D printing service to bring a wider choice of materials and technologies to Singapore over the coming months.
The 3D Printing Centre will focus on parts optimisation and re-engineering for weight reduction; custom tooling; virtual warehousing and on-demand part printing for rare or obsolete parts, micromechanics and on-demand consumer product manufacturing.
As the largest centre of its kind in the area, UCT’s new building will make use of a variety of AM techniques including selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, and high-quality stereolithography, as well as fused deposition modelling and wax jetting. The company hopes to serve customers from aerospace, computer and electronics, semiconductor, consumer products, industrial machinery, and medical application fields.
Clarence Granger, chairman and CEO of UCT, said: ‘While this will have limited impact on our 2015 financial results, it is highly complementary to our existing offering. And, combining it with our existing contract manufacturing services will enable UCT’s customers to benefit from the latest state of the art technologies while allowing UCT to expand its market reach.’
‘We are excited to base our new 3D Printing service in Singapore where we benefit from a stable business environment, a rich pool of talent and the government’s enthusiastic support of advanced manufacturing technologies,’ added Lavi Lev, senior vice president of UCT Asia.
The 3D Printing centre is the second facility in Singapore to attract attention within a month. On 30 October a $100 million photonics research institute was unveiled to further research in the field of optics and photonics. The 4,000m2 facility received funding from industry partners and various national agencies, including the Economic Development Board Singapore, the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, A*Star, and DSO National Laboratories.