RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct proved its combination of technological expertise and design innovation is key to being better than the rest in the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards.
When a surgeon cuts out cancerous bone from a patient fighting for life, experts from the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP) are ready with a lattice-like titanium structure to replace the missing body part.
And when the aviation industry identifies structural rips or wear and tear in an aircraft, the same engineers have done the groundwork to make light work of the damage with laser repairs.
Commitment, vision, research, innovation and sheer hard work to develop the next wave of manufacturing in Australia have paid off for the AMP, making RMIT the only Australian university honoured in the Awards.
The University, which won the International Education Award, joined export-focused manufacturing companies recognised for excellence after embracing new technology to excel in business innovation.
Presented by Victorian Industry, Energy and Resources Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, the award highlights RMIT’s innovation and creativity, which helps keep our manufacturing sector competitive, according to Professor Milan Brandt, director of the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.
“This award recognises the exceptional education and research programs in advanced manufacturing that we have developed in collaboration with industry within the AMP over the years,’’ Brandt said.
“It is great recognition for all our efforts to make the RMIT AMP research programs, the Engineering Learning Factory and advanced manufacturing education at AMP engaging for students and enabling to industry.
“The AMP acknowledges the important role of manufacturing to Australia’s economy. It was established to ensure our ability to compete in global markets.”
Its multidisciplinary team brings together researchers who specialise in research and development, engineering, IT and management.
Brandt said the theme for the 2015 awards of “advancing manufacturing’’ would help highlight the researchers who were working to raise the bar of manufacturing standards in Victoria.
“We are developing the next generation of engineers, designers and technicians, and working closely with industry both in Australia and internationally."
Established in 2001, the Awards celebrate manufacturing excellence in Victoria.
“The International Education Award recognises the international activities and impact we have achieved through our research and education programs in additive manufacturing with international partners across aerospace, automotive, defence and medical sectors.’’
The Advanced Manufacturing Precinct combines RMIT's expertise in technology and design innovation.
“I am particularly pleased that this award recognises all the effort that the team has invested over the years to make the AMP a national success.’’