Innovative Manufacturing CRC

The Innovative Manufacturing CRC is a Cooperative Research Centre that helps Australian companies increase their global relevance through research-led innovation in manufacturing products, processes and services.

Its vision is for Australian manufacturing to be thriving, relevant and globally integrated. As a not-for-profit, independent cooperative research centre, it helps Australian companies increase their relevance through collaborative, market-driven research in manufacturing business models, products, processes, and services.

In collaboration with companies, research organisations, industry associations, and government, it:

  • Co-funds, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, broad, multidisciplinary and industry-led research projects that deliver commercial outcomes
  • Advance the wider cause of manufacturing transformation through industry education and public advocacy. 

To commercialise and produce industrial-scale titanium complex-shaped structures, utilising Titomic Kinetic Fusion™ additive manufacturing technology, Titomic must define machine parameters and mechanical material characteristics to validate the process for potential clients and major industry partners. Titomic Kinetic Fusion™ is a patented additive manufacturing technology, co-developed with CSIRO, that combines robotics and cold spray technology to produce industrial-scale titanium complex structures.

In collaboration with CSIRO and RMIT University, Titomic aims to test ‘Additively Manufactured Titanium Monocoque Structures’ for use in commercial operations, and thus validate Titomic Kinetic Fusion™ as a competitive and novel advanced manufacturing solution.

RMIT Project LeaderProfessor Ivan Cole    

Metal damage particularly corrosion and stress-corrosion is endemic to operational aircraft. This is currently addressed using a find and fix approach, where if the damage exceeds a certain size, major repair is required. This results in extended aircraft downtime or scrapping of the section.

In collaboration with RMIT University, RUAG Australia aims to develop an additive manufacturing process to address corrosion and stress-corrosion damage affecting the structural integrity of components in operational aircraft.

RMIT Project LeaderProfessor Milan Brandt 

Manufacturing patient-specific implants is a highly manual and time-consuming process. Today’s custom implants are unable to cope with anatomical changes that present at the day of surgical intervention, rendering them inappropriate for use.

Bringing together researchers from RMIT University, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and St Vincent’s Hospital, the project aims to transform the development and delivery of implants to musculoskeletal tumour patients. This will be achieved through the development of image analysis and implant design tools, leading to a precise robotic resection of the tumour.    

RMIT Project LeaderProfessor Milan Brandt    

Custom manufacturers face international competitive pressures from increases in labour costs and the time and complexity of the design-to-manufacture cycle.

Architectural firms are using the latest digital design software to provide complex design solutions that are increasingly difficult to manufacture. Urban Art Projects is collaborating with Queensland University of Technology and RMIT University to use innovative robotic vision systems and software user-interfaces to reduce the integration time between design and custom manufacturing.

This will improve competitive advantage by enhancing the company’s ability to manufacture high-value products and reduce time and cost to manufacture.

RMIT Project LeaderProfessor Roland Snooks    

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