Advanced Manufacturing Precinct

The Advanced Manufacturing Precinct combines RMIT's expertise in technology and design innovation.

We are developing the next generation of engineers, designers and technicians, and working closely with industry both in Australia and internationally. Our vision is to be the leader in the implementation of the next wave of manufacturing in Australia.

Our specialised equipment and experts can assist companies to develop new conceptual products, perform multiple design iterations, or further develop existing products or enhance existing manufacturing processes.

We offer:

  • additive and subtractive process manufacturing in a range of materials
  • high-speed multi-axis machining centres
  • reverse engineering
  • highly trained technical staff.
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Housing some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies available, the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct brings design and engineering together, from digital design to digital manufacturing. We focus in particular on 3D printing of advanced high value add products and components.

Research at the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct

Aerospace and automotive

The aerospace and automotive sectors are increasingly being driven to improve their environmental sustainability, efficiency and quality of parts from their design to manufacture while reducing their cost of manufacture. Additive manufacturing offers new opportunities to create highly complex and customised 3D structures and components which can meet these challenges.

Our research in this area is focused on new bio-inspired structures, topology optimisation, materials and manufacturing methods using both metal and polymer-based additive technologies.

Bioengineering

Advancing human health is one of the great goals of the modern era. Additive manufacture enables the fabrication of new and complex organic and inorganic structures which have the potential to improve patient outcomes.

The research conducted in this area is focused on advanced limb reconstruction, surgical guides and just-in-time implants.

Key services

Additive manufacturing

We can build final products direct from a computer model in both polymers and high-tech metal alloy powders. Our state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technologies include:

  • selective laser melting (metal-based technology)
  • direct laser metal deposition (metal-based technology)
  • fused deposition modelling (polymer-based technology)
  • objet machines (polymer-based technology)
  • U Print machines (polymer-based technology).

Subtractive manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Precinct houses internationally recognised multi-axis CNC machines (Okuma and Haas) for machining high-performance alloys and composites for engineering applications.

Industrial automation

Robotic technology gives our subtractive manufacturing capability greater diversity and flexibility of applications. We use a range of automation robotics to simulate manufacturing production lines used in the furniture, textile and design industries. We have the latest in CAD software, allowing students and researchers to design components and models.

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Industry partners

The Advanced Manufacturing Precinct works with industry in a number of different ways.

Most notably we engage in:

  • contract research
  • consultancy
  • training in the latest manufacturing technologies
  • testing and analysis
  • grant-based partnerships
  • design optimisation support
  • manufacturing process optimisation support
  • student projects through our Engineering Learning Factory.

Although the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct offers access to technology and equipment that can speed up prototyping and manufacture processes, the partnerships we form with industry are generally much richer. Production of a prototype part is usually only the start of the relationship, as most lead to developing an understanding of the form and functionality and assurance of scaling to mass production.

Partnerships with industry often involve collaboration with other areas of RMIT’s capabilities, creating a conduit to access many experts and disciplines in the University.

We offer commercial applications across a broad range of industries, including:

  • aerospace
  • defence
  • automotive
  • consumer
  • biomedical and dental
  • manufacturing
  • textile.
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Interested in collaborating with us?

For all enquiries regarding partnership opportunities including training and research please complete the Industry partnership enquiry form.

Contact

Address: 58 Cardigan Street, Carlton, Victoria, 3083

Location: Melbourne City campus , Building 55

Email: amp@rmit.edu.au

Phone: +61 3 9925 4197

Key contact

Professor Milan Brandt - Technical Director

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Postal Address

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RMIT University
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne 3001 Victoria

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