Chua Chee Kai

Chua Chee Kai
Executive Director, Singapore Centre for 3D Printing
Tel: 6790 4897
Email: mckchua@ntu.edu.sg
Office: N3.1-B2c-03a 
  • PhD Nanyang Technological University 1996
  • MSc National University of Singapore 1989
  • BEng(Hons) National University of Singapore 1985

Professor Chua Chee Kai is a professor of Nanyang Technologic University, Singapore (NTU, Singapore) and the Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP). He is an active contributor to the additive manufacturing (AM) field for over 28 years. Professor Chua began his journey into AM in 1990. Now, his ongoing research at NTU Singapore are concerned mainly with powder bed fusion processes such as selective laser sintering and selective laser melting, bioprinting, 4D printing and food printing. He has made a number of major contributions in these areas. Specifically, his re-design and re-modelling of additive manufacturing processes for fabrication of innovative products and devices such tissue engineering scaffolds are highly regarded by the scientific community.

Professor Chua won the prestigious International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award 2018. In 2014, Professor Chua was elected as the top scientist in his research field of AM by Clarivate Analytics, and has maintained his position as one of the most cited scientists in AM since then. As at 2018, he has contributed more than 300 technical papers in local seminars, technical talks, international conferences and journals, generating more than 9300 citations and a H index of 49 (web of science).

He is also the co-author for four books, “3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: Principles & Applications in Manufacturing (5th edition)”, “Bioprinting: Principles and Applications”, “Standards, Quality Control and Measurement Sciences in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing” and “Lasers in 3D Printing and Manufacturing”. He is also the chief editor of the International Journal of Bioprinting and co chief editor of the “Virtual and Physical Prototyping” international journal.

To date, he has amassed close to S$150 M of research grants, resulting in a number of big centres and labs. These are (1) the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing funded by National Research Foundation (2) NTU Additive Manufacturing Centre funded the Singapore's Economic Development Board (3) NTU-SIMTech Joint Lab in 3D AM (4) SLM Solutions @ SC3DP Joint Lab. He now heads a centre with 50 professors, 103PhD students, 52 Master students, 35 research staff and a support team of business development, administrative and technical staff.

  • Interest:
    Powder bed fusion processes such as selective laser sintering and selective laser melting, bioprinting, 4D printing and food printing.
  • Projects:
    Singapore Centre for 3D Printing
    The Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) aspires to be the world’s leading research institute in 3D Printing to achieve prominent and outstanding breakthroughs in the research and development of innovative 3D printing technologies, processes and materials. This will be done through attracting leading researchers to the Centre, nurturing a skilled talent pool, as well as establishing strong linkages with and delivering state of the art and innovative solutions to the industry.
    [Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, Manufacturing]
    National Additive Manufacturing Centre
    This grant establishes National Additive Manufacturing Centre (NAMC) as a large additive manufacturing (AM) facility for research and education. Over 5 years, NAMC will nurture talents into AM experts and strengthen Singapore’s manufacturing capabilities via metal AM systems, novel alloys and associated database development.
    [Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, Manufacturing]

Research Staff and Students under supervision

Research Staff
Name Title Email
An Jia Senior Research Fellow ANJIA@ntu.edu.sg
Lakshmi Narayan Ramasubramanian Gopalakrishnan - NTU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow LAKSHMI.NR@NTU.EDU.SG

PhD Students
Name Project
Khoo Zhong Xun 3D printing of shape memory alloy based smart structures
Voon Siew Li Development of 3-dimensional (3D) in-vitro intestinal system to assess digestion and absorption of nutrients and bioactives
Zhuang Pei Bioprinting of neutral tissues for drug testing
Tan Hong Wei 3D printing of embedded electronic components
Lee Yilin Amelia 4D-Printing in Polymers

Selected Publications
  • Tian, X., Jin, J., Yuan, S., (...), Tor, S.B., Zhou, K., Emerging 3D-Printed Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices: A Critical Review, Advanced Energy Materials, 7(17), 2017, Q1.
  • Fei Shen, Bo Zhao, Lin Li, Chee Kai Chua, Kun Zhou, "Fatigue Damage Evolution and Lifetime Prediction of Welded Joints with the Consideration of Residual Stresses and Porosity", International Journal of Fatigue, Vol 103, October 2017, Pages 272–279, Q1.
  • Teoh, Joanne; Zhao, Yue; An, Jia; Chua, Chee Kai; Liu, Y, "Multi-stage Responsive 4D Printed Smart Structure through Varying Geometric Thickness of Shape Memory Polymer", Smart Materials and Structures, 26(12), 125001, Q1.
  • Suntornnond, R., Tan, E.Y.S., An, J., Chua, C.K., A highly printable and biocompatible hydrogel composite for direct printing of soft and perfusable vasculature-like structures, Scientific Reports, 7(1),16902, 2017, Q1.
  • Yingli Li, Kun Zhou, P Tan, Shu Beng Tor, Chee Kai Chua, Kah Fai Leong, “Modeling temperature and residual stress fields in selective laser melting”, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Volume 136, 1 February 2018, Pages 24-35, Q1.
  • Pei Zhuang, Alfred Xuyang Sun, Jia An, Chee Kai Chua, Sing Yian Chew, “3D Neural Tissue Models: From Spheroids to Bioprinting”, Biomaterials, Volume 154, pp 113-133, Febuary 2018, Q1.
  • Fei Shen, Shangqin Yuan, Chee Kai Chua, Kun Zhou, "Development of process efficiency maps for selective laser sintering of polymeric composite powders: Modeling and experimental testing", Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Volume 254, Pages 52–59, April 2018, Q1.
  • Shangqin Yuan, Yun Zheng, Chee Kai Chua, Qingyu Yan, Kun Zhou, "Electrical and Thermal Conductivities of MWCNT/Polymer Composites Fabricated by Selective Laser Sintering Composites Part A", Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 21 November 2017, Q1.
  • Khoo, Z.X., Liu, Y., Low, Z.H., An, J., Chua, C.K. and Leong, K.F., “Fabrication of SLM NiTi Shape Memory Alloy via Repetitive Laser Scanning”, Shape Memory and Superelasticity, pp.1-9, accepted for publication, ESCI (new journal), 2018.
  • Zhongji Sun, Xipeng Tan, Shu Beng Tor, Chee Kai Chua, “Simultaneously enhanced strength and ductility for 3D-printed stainless steel 316L by selective laser melting”, NPG Asia Materials, Volume 10, Pages 127 - 136, 2018, Q1.

  • Manufacturing Systems and Automation