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 obtained his Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University in 1996. He received MSc and BEng (Hons) 1st Class Degree in 1989 and 1985 respectively.

Prof Chua has been involved in 3D Printing (3DP), previously known as Rapid Prototyping (RP) since 1990. On-going research at NTU include development of new systems, materials and techniques in biomedical applications (prostheses, implants, devices and tissue scaffolds) using 3DP.

Prof Chua is the world’s most published and most cited scientist in 3D Printing. He has been invited as a keynote speaker to several international conferences to talk about "Trends of 3D Printing" and “3D Printing in Tissue Engineering” and has sat on the International Programme Committee for more than 14 International Conferences devoted to 3DP and other manufacturing technologies. In addition, he has been widely consulted by industries on 3DP-related problems. He has contributed more than 200 technical papers in local seminars, technical talks, international conferences and journals, generating more than 6200 citations and more than 60 3DP Courses. The courses were conducted for the industry in Singapore and abroad including the Wuhan Automotive University Polytechnic in China, and Thomson Multimedia, Maxtor Peripherals, Flexmech Engineering, Institute of Technical Education, SIMTech, OSIM, Tyco Electronics, Defence Science Organisation (DSO), Ngee Ann Polytechnic and NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

  • Interest:
    Geometric Modelling, Rapid Prototyping, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Reverse Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Design, Tissue Engineering
  • Projects:
    3D Scaffold for cardiac tissue engineering via Additive Manufacturing
    Biofabrication of tissue engineering scaffolds using polyjet inkjet technology
    Development of Metal and Ceramic Knowledge Database in Selective Laser Manufacturing
    Fabrication of tissue engineering scaffolds using indirect rapid prototyping techniques
    Improved Recovery and Energy Efficient Reverse Osmosis Process
    This project aims to develop technologies to improve the recovery and reduce the energy consumption of reverse osmosis (RO) technology. The innovations include a reflux-recycle process, design and 3D printing of novel spacers as well as a design and optimisation model for RO membrane processes that includes the spiral wound model and spacer model.
    [Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute, Manufacturing]
    Selective Laser Melting Of Titanium-based Alloys
    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]

Research Staff and Students under supervision

Research Staff
Name Title Email
An Jia Senior Research Fellow ANJIA@ntu.edu.sg

PhD Students
Name Project
Ratima Suntornnond Porous Membranes for Three Dimensional Organized Tissues
Yap Chor Yen A Semi-Empirical Modelling Of Selective Laser Melting
Zhuang Pei Bioprinting for drug testing
Tan Hong Wei 3D printing of embedded electronic components
Tan Wen See 3D Printing of Membrane Spacer for Spiral Wound Membrane Module
Lee Yilin Amelia 4D-Printing in Polymers
Yuan Shangqin Development and Optimization of Polymeric Nanocomposites for Selective Laser Sintering
Teoh Ee Mei, Joanne 4D Printing With Polymer-Based Smart Materials

Selected Publications
  • Loh LE, Chua CK, Yeong WY, Song J, Mapar M, Sing SL, Liu ZH and Zhang DQ, “Numerical Investigation and An Effective Modelling on the Selective Laser Melting (SLM) Process with Aluminium Alloy 6061”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol 80, January 2015, pp 288-300. Q1
  • S.L. Sing, L.P. Lam, D.Q. Zhang, Z.H. Liu, C.K. Chua, “Interfacial Characterization of SLM Parts in Multi-material Processing: Intermetallic Phase Formation between AlSi10Mg and C18400 Copper Alloy”, Materials Charaterization, Vol 107, September 2015, pp 220-227. Q1
  • Suntornnond R., An J., Yeong W.Y., Chua C.K., “Biodegradable Polymeric Films and Membranes Processing and Forming for Tissue Engineering”, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Vol 300 (9), September 2015, pp 858-877. Q1
  • Xipeng Tan, Yihong Kok, Yu Jun Tan, Marion Descoins, Dominique Mangelinck, Shu Beng Tor, Kah Fai Leong, Chee Kai Chua, “Graded Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Additive Manufactured Ti-6A1-4V via Electron Beam Melting”, Acta Materialia, Vol 97, September 2015, pp 1-16. Q1
  • Xipeng Tan, Yihong Kok, Yu Jun Tan, Guglielmo Vastola, Qing Xiang Pei, Gang Zhang, Yong-Wei Zhang, Shu Beng Tor, Kah Fai Leong, Chee Kai Chua, “An experimental and Simulation Study on Building Thickness Dependent Microstructure for Electron Beam Melted Ti-6Al-4V” , Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol 646, October 2015, pp 303-309. Q1
  • Lee J.Y., Tan W.S., An J., Chua C.K., Tang C.Y., Fane A.G., Chong T.H., “The Potential to Enhance Membrane Module Design with 3D Printing Technology”, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol 499, February 2016, pp 480-490. Q1.
  • Suntornnond, R., An, J., Chua, C.K., “Effect of Gas Plasma on Polycaprolactone (PCL) Membrane Wettability and Collagen Type I Immobilized For Enhancing Cell Proliferation”, Materials Letters, Vol 171, May 2016, pp 293-296.  Q1.
  • Tan, X., Kok, Y., Toh, W.Q., Tan, Y.J., Descoins M., Mangelinck, D., Tor, S.B., Leong, K.F., Chua, C.K., “Revealing Martensitic Transformation and α/β Interface Evolution in Electron Beam Melting Three-Dimensional-Printed Ti-6Al-4V”, Scientific Reports, Vol 6, Article no. 26039, May 2016. Q1.
  • Ratima Suntornnond, Jia An, Chee Kai Chua, “A Mathematical Model on the Resolution of Extrusion Bioprinting for Development of New Bioinks”, Materials, 9 (9), 756, 2016, Q1.
  • S. Yuan, J. Bai,  C. K. Chua, J. Wei, and K. Zhou, “Highly Enhanced Thermal Conductivity of Thermoplastic Nanocomposites with a low mass fraction of MWCNTs by a Facilitated Latex Approach”, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol 90, pp 699-710, September 2016, Q1.

  • Manufacturing Systems and Automation