Managing Digital Design and Manufacturing

Part of the ModularMaster in Technology and Management programme

During the past twenty years, digital design and manufacturing technology has become indispensable in many and various applications world-wide; involving many products and rapidly expanding markets. It has not only provided industry with new methods, tools and digitalised products - from design, materials processing to operating and management procedures - but is also changing the approaches, thinking patterns and working environments of people in the manufacturing field.

This module provides exposure to a range of current and future industry processes and practices that require extensive use of digital intelligence. It gives an integrated perspective on design, engineering, and management principles in digitalisation of manufacturing enterprises. Students can also learn about the design and fabrication of parts using digital fabrication technologies such as Additive Manufacturing (aka 3D printing), Digital Sheet Cutters (e.g. laser cutters) and Fusion 360 (for regenerative design). Topics include Design for Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing Systems, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Digital Twin, and Advanced Manufacturing Techniques (including AI in Advanced Manufacturing).

Course Details

Course Dates:
Not Available


Who Should Attend

This course is for business leaders, senior executives and entrepreneurs responsible for leveraging the possibilities created by digitalization and building innovation powerhouses within their companies.

We recommend the course for change managers, core strategy team members, business managers and product development managers. The course is suited to key functions like marketing, operations, IT, strategy, and general management.

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives and Structure

By the end of this course, participants can expect to:

  • have a better understanding of what digital intelligence can bring in the current and future industry processes

  • apply the concepts of design and fabrication through the use of digital fabrication technologies

Day 1
  • Industry 4.0
  • Large Scale and Sustainable 3D Printing (Zoom from US or recorded session)
  • 3D Digital Knitting
  • Internet of Things
Day 2
  • Digital Workflow
  • Generative Design
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (Zoom/Recorded session)
  • Hybrid Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing
Day 3
  • Engineering Design Processes, from Pre-Digital to Digital Era
  • Digital Tools for Design
  • Digital Twin - Structure, Realisation, Purposes
  • Case Study on Industrial Crane
Day 4
  • Digital Twin Communication
  • Case Study on Electric Bus
  • Data Management and Future Roles of CTO vs CDO
  • Case Study on Autonomous Vehicle
Day 5
  • Project Presentation

Multiple methods of assessment are used to provide an opportunity for the participant to demonstrate their learning results with a variety of learning styles.

These include:

  • Class participation
  • In-class assignments (group work and presentations during the module)
  • Team Capstone Project
Subject Credits

Upon completion and satisfying the requirements of passing this course, learners will be awarded 12 subject credits.

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 



Yang Hui Ying
Associate Professor

Dr. YANG’s research is driven by the design and fabrication of low dimensional nanomaterials. She pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge in a wide variety of fundamental materials and structure-property relationships. Her team pioneered in chemical doping, work function engineering and defect states analysis in one dimensional and two dimensional nanomaterials for a variety of applications in high efficient optoelectronics devices, electrochemical energy storage and water purification to generate economic benefits for Singapore.

Hong Yee Low 
Head of Pillar – Designate (EPD), Associate Professor (EPD)
Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre (DManD)

Hong Yee joined SUTD in 2013. Prior to SUTD, she spent about 13 years at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Her research interest is primarily in polymer science and engineering. She has co-authored >100 peer reviewed publications and is a co-inventor in 25 granted patents in the topic biomimetic nanoimprinting. In 2010, under the funding support from A*STAR, she led an industrial consortium on nanoimprinting consisting of 4 members from institutes of higher learning and 15 international industrial members. She had also served as a founding group head for the Patterning and Fabrication Capability Group between 2007-2010 and the Director for Research and Innovation between 2010-2012 at IMRE. Since joining SUTD her research activities have expanded to include high resolution 3-D fabrication, active and transformative micro, nano-surfaces and machine learning design of micro-, nano-surfaces and carbon capture films.

Yuen Chau
Associate Professor

Dr Chau Yuen received the BEng and PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, in 2000 and 2004 respectively. He is the recipient of Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, Institution of Electrical Engineers Book Prize, Institute of Engineering of Singapore Gold Medal, Merck Sharp & Dohme Gold Medal and twice the recipient of Hewlett Packard Prize.

Dr Yuen was a Post Doc Fellow in Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, Murray Hill during 2005. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2008. During the period of 2006 ‐ 2010, he worked at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R, Singapore) as a Senior Research Engineer, where he was involved in an industrial project on developing an 802.11n Wireless LAN system, and participated actively in 3Gpp Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE‐Advanced (LTE‐A) standardization. He joined the Singapore University of Technology and Design as an assistant professor from June 2010, and received IEEE Asia-Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award on 2012.

Dr Yuen serves as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and awarded as Top Associate Editor from 2009 – 2012. He has filed 5 patents and published over 150 research papers at international journals or conferences.

Javier G. Fernandez
Associate Professor

Javier’s research at SUTD is focused on the broad study, development, and application of biological materials in science and technology. In 2014 he was awarded the world’s most outstanding young researcher in materials science by the Bayer Foundation. He has been also awarded with the Zwick Science Award for his studies on Mechanical Testing, and best PhD thesis at the University of Barcelona for studies in the use of biopolymers in Microelectronics and Biomedicine.

After his Ph.D, Javier moved to MIT, where he developed the “Micro-Masonry”, a technology to assemble artificial organs and recognized as “breakthrough in tissue engineering” (CNET). Later, he moved to the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, where he designed and made “Shrilk“, a compostable and biocompatible material inspired by the insect cuticle. Shrilk is referred, for example, to as “one of the materials that will change the future of manufacturing” (Scientific American), a “Supermaterial” (National Geographic), and has been chosen (with graphene) one of the “five material that could change the word” (The Guardian).

Javier regularly collaborates with some of the most important international media outlets. His opinions and views on scientific issues and environmental policies have been, for example, covered in personal interviews, documentaries, and articles of National Geographic, BBC, PBS, FOX, Euronews, Discovery Channel, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Scientific American.


Arlindo Silva
Senior Fellow, SUTD Academy
Associate Professor, Programme Director for Master of Innovation by Design (MIbD) & Director of the NAMIC Hub@SUTD

Arlindo has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and more than 25 years of teaching and research experience. His current research interests rest on engineering design, product development, creativity, materials selection methodologies, additive manufacturing in composite structures, cost modelling and management of uncertainty in design. He published over a hundred and twenty papers in journals, conferences and book chapters, more than 50 patents and authored/co-edited five books in engineering related topics. He received the MIT-Portugal Education Innovation Award in 2009 and was a Professor of Excellence at the University of Lisbon in 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015, before joining the Singapore University of Technology and Design as an Associate Professor with the Engineering Product Development Pillar. He was also a Senior Materials Education consultant at Granta Design Ltd, Cambridge, UK, and is an active member of PDMA, ASEE, ASME, ASTM International, INCOSE, DS and SPEE. He is the current NAMIC (National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster) Hub Director at SUTD, liaising Singaporean companies with SUTD’s expertise in Additive Manufacturing and Composites Technologies through the DManD (Digital Manufacturing and Design) Center.

He currently teaches Design at all levels of higher education, including executive education. He is also the Program Director for the new Master of Engineering in Innovation by Design at SUTD and a member of the Executive Committee of the Design Business Chamber Singapore. He develops his research between the SUTD-MIT International Design Center, where he co-leads the Experimental Design Thrust, and DManD.


Yeo Si Yong

Si Yong Yeo received the Ph.D. in Computational Engineering from Swansea University, UK. Dr Yeo was a research scientist at ASTAR IHPC, and his research at the institute includes biomedical data analytics, image processing and structural modelling.

He was a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, where AI was used in the analysis of imaging data and shape modelling.


David Rosen

David Rosen is a Professor in the Engineering Product Development (EPD) Pillar and is a co-Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design (DManD) research centre. Prior to joining SUTD, he was a Professor and Associate Chair for Administration in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as Director of the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Institute.  He received his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in 1992 in mechanical engineering.  His research interests include computer-aided design, additive manufacturing, and design methodology.  He has industry experience, working as a software engineer at Computervision Corp. and a Visiting Research Scientist at Ford Research Laboratories.  He is a Fellow of ASME and has served on the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division Executive Committee.  He is the recipient of the 2013 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award and the co-author of a leading textbook on AM.

Soh Gim Song
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Soh Gim Song is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is a core founding member of the Robotics Innovation Laboratory and the director of the Articulated Systems and Biomechanics group. He obtained his MSc and PhD degree from University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he researched and developed innovative computer aided design software tools for the invention of articulated mechanical systems. He had taught courses in the field of machine theory, computer aided design and manufacturing as well as engineering design processes.  He was a visiting Scholar in the department of Mechanical Engineering of MIT and Associate Research Scientist at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. Currently, he is serving as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanism and Robotics, the Honors and Awards Subcommitte Chair for ASME Mechanism and Robotics Committee, a Member of the IFToMM Technical Committee for Robotics and Mechatronics, and the Chairperson of Singapore Committee for the Technologies of Machines and Mechanisms.

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SSG Funding Terms and Conditions

Use of Personal Details

In consideration of the subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (“SSG”) through the SUTD Academy for the Course,

I consent to:

The collection, use and disclosure to relevant third parties of my personal data by the SUTD Academy including but not limited to personal particulars, attendance records, assessment/performance records, for the following purposes:

  1. Reporting of national statistics and conducting of holistic continuing education training research and analysis;

  2. Facilitate the conduct of the relevant surveys and audits in relation to the Course;

  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

  4. Publicity and marketing of the Course or other Courses to be provided by SSG or SUTD Academy; and

  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

I agree to:

  1. Attend and complete all lectures, class exercises, workshops and assessments;

  2. Complete the Course feedback at the end of the Course;

  3. Complete the post Course survey sent about 3 to 6 months after class attendance; and

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  1. If a written notification is sent to within 24 hours after course registration deadline there will be no cancellation charges. A full refund will be made. 

  2. No refund is provided if written notification is more than 24 hours after course registration deadline. SUTD Academy reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant.

Replacement Policy

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Registration Policy

  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

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Funding under Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")

  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

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Funding under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")

  1. ETSS is an enhanced funding to enable SMEs to send their employees for training.

  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
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UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

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The Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) is part of the Post-Secondary Education Scheme to help pay for the post-secondary education of Singaporeans.

This is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete their post-secondary education. It also underscores the Government’s commitment to support families in investing in the future education of their children and to prepare them for the economy of the future. PSEA is not a bank account.

It is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is opened automatically for all eligible Singaporeans.

Account holders can use their PSEA funds to pay for their own or their siblings’ approved fees and charges for approved programs conducted by approved institutions.

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