Industry-led research at RMIT’s 3D printing facility is being recognised for giving students, staff and businesses the edge in a competitive landscape.
The university’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP) has been nominated for ‘excellence in manufacturing skills development’ at this month's Endeavour Awards, while a project to 3D print steel tools with industry partners is up for a ‘technology application’ prize.
The Endeavour Awards are recognised as the premier awards program within the Australian manufacturing industry and held during National Manufacturing Week.
AMP Technical Director Professor Milan Brandt said the $35 million facility, now in its eight year of operation, was widely recognised as Australia’s best for advanced manufacturing research and skills development.
“This facility underpins our expertise in additive manufacturing and helps our partners create bespoke solutions - new products, processes or business models - that give them the edge,” Brandt said.
Growing interest in these opportunities is reflected in the AMP’s annual additive manufacturing research income passing $4million in 2019.
The AMP hosts collaborative research with more than 40 companies including Ford, Siemens and Boeing and hosts dozens of international delegations each year.
Examples of industry-led research at the AMP facility include:
Additive manufacturing is a major disruptive technology that is transforming existing approaches to manufacturing.
“These technologies have the potential to deliver a ‘quantum leap’ in the manufacturing process, dramatically increasing manufacturing flexibility, efficiency and customer responsiveness, and significantly reducing time to market, cost and energy consumption,” Brandt said.
“This is especially exciting for biomedical devices, aerospace, defence and mining industries.”
As a leader in high-end manufacturing capability for metals and polymeric materials in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, RMIT's AMP has played a leading role in meeting the needs of manufacturing industry locally and globally.
“We look to work with forward-thinking manufacturing companies, independent of size or background, in order to create an environment for innovation and collaboration where we can all learn and benefit from the interaction," Brandt said.
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Story: Michael Quin
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