An RMIT research partnership that has developed fast 3D metal printing technology has won an international award.
RMIT University worked with industry partner Effusion to design a new 3D printer, which received the 2015 Bosch Venture Forum Award in Germany recently.
Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), which presented the award, is a private company that invests in start-up companies across the world.
Dr Milan Simic, from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering said the team was able to achieve a remarkable design and development in the 3D printing technology, which led to Melbourne-based Effusion receiving the international award.
“Their work was performed with the intention of developing a new application of the 3D printing technology in advanced manufacturing,” he said.
Effusion, along with 13 other start-ups, were invited to pitch their ideas to the Bosch Venture Forum.
“The Effusion project improves 3D printing using their kinetic manufacturing technology,” Simic said.
“This allows 3D printing using metals at faster rate than most existing 3D printing techniques.”
Simic led the RMIT team in working with Effusion, while RMIT University supplied all necessary resources.
It was a multidisciplinary project that involved School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and the School of Architecture and Design.
The project was funded by a Future Designers Grant from the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation.
As a result of the award, Effusion will work closely with Bosch to commercialise the new technology.