Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Chua Chee Kai

Executive Director, Singapore Centre for 3D Printing

School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering

Phone: (+65)6790 4897
Office: N3.1-B2c-03

  • PhD Nanyang Technological University 1996
  • MSc National University of Singapore 1989
  • BEng(Hons) National University of Singapore 1985
Dr 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.

He has been invited as a keynote speaker to several international conferences to speak on the "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 4600 citations and a H index of 33. He conducted the 3DP short course more than 53 times since 1991 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.

Dr Chua is the co-author of the book, entitled "Rapid Prototyping: Principles & Applications in Manufacturing" published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997 ( A Chinese version was translated in 1998. The 2nd edition, “Rapid Prototyping: Principles & Applications” was published by World Scientific in 2003. The Chinese version for the 2nd edition was translated in 2005. The 3rd edition of the same title, has just been published in January 2010 by World Scientific. The latest, 4th edition, entitled "3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: Principles and Applications" was published in August 2014. A brand new book "Bioprinting: Principles and Applications" was published in December 2014, also by World Scientific.

He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Virtual and Physical Prototyping Journal, published by Taylor and Francis. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Rapid Prototyping Journal, the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Journal of Materials Processing Technology. He has also reviewed more than 50 papers for more than 30 international journals and examined both Master and PhD theses for overseas universities. He has won 13 awards and 15 research fundings. For his significant contributions to 3DP, he was given the "Academic Career Award" at the Portugal's International Conference on Virtual and Rapid Prototyping" in 2013, Public Service (Silver) Administration Award by the President of Singapore in 2014 and the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award by the Minister of Education and President of NTU in 2014.

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) NTU-SUTD Joint Lab in Visualization and Prototyping (5) SLM Solutions @ SC3DP Joint Lab. He now heads a centre with 36 professors, 47 PhD students, 52 Masters students, 15 research staff and a support team of business development, administrative and technical staff. Another additional 100 PhD students will be recruited in the next 4 years.
Research Interests
Geometric Modelling, Rapid Prototyping, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Reverse Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Design, Tissue Engineering
Current Projects
  • 3D Food Printing for Elderly and Patients with Chewing Difficulties and/or Dysphagia
  • 3D Scaffold for cardiac tissue engineering via Additive Manufacturing
  • ATMRI Administrations, Facilities and Operations
  • ATMRI Projects
  • Biofabrication of tissue engineerig 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 (RO) Process
  • Institute for Sport Research
  • Selective Laser Melting Of Titanium-based Alloys
  • Singapore Centre for 3D Printing
Selected Publications
  • Yeong WY, Chua C.K., Leong K.F., Chandrasekaran M. (2004). Rapid Prototyping in Tissue Engineering: Challenges and Potential. Trends in Biotechnology, 22(2), 643-652.
  • Chua C.K., Leong K.F., Tan KH, Wiria FE, Cheah CM. (2004). Development of Tissue Scaffolds Using Selective Laser Sintering of Polyvinyl Alcohol/Hydroxyapatite Biocomposite for Craniofacial and Joint Defects. Journal of Material Science: Materials in Medicine , 15(10), 1113-1121.
  • Tan K. H., Chua C.K., Leong K.F., Cheah C. M., Cheang Hong Ning, Philip, Abu Bakar M. S. (2003). Scaffold Development Using Selective Laser Sintering of Polyetheretherketone/Hydroxyapatite (PEEK/HA) Composites. Biomaterials, 24(18), 3115-3123.
  • Leong K.F., Cheah Chi Mun, Chua C.K. (2003). Solid Freeform Fabrication of Three-Dimensional Scaffolds for Engineering Replacement Tissues and Organ. Biomaterials, 24(13), 2363-2378.
  • Yang S., Leong K.F., Du Z., Chua C.K. (2001). The Design of Scaffolds for Use in Tissue Engineering. Part 1. Traditional Factors. Tissue Engineering, 7(6), 679-689.

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