Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication

Advanced manufacturing and fabrication is driving the next wave of manufacturing excellence in Australia through the transformation of specialised materials into high performing products.

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Our vision

Ivan Cole, Director, RMIT Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication ECP

"We will partner with industry to drive the next wave of manufacturing excellence in Australia."

Our priority is to work on the manufacturing shift towards customisation, digitisation, international supply chains, and making manufacturing supply chains and components truly multifunctional.

We aim to get small and medium-sized enterprises up to scale to do customised products. We will help link up manufacturing across different scales, such as, the nano-scale, micro-scale and component scale, so we can make a drug, for example, and add a nano-scale anti-inflammatory coating.

We want to improve Internet of Things sensing devices, so that they can more accurately monitor the environment and produce intelligent agriculture. We are also working to improve Industry 4.0 — the digitisation of the manufacturing process.

The research skills and competencies within this ECP can be applied to any sector or organisation, regardless of size or stage of development. The primary areas where our expertise will be directed are indicated below.

Key application areas

Defence and security innovation
Food production and agribusiness
Medical technologies
Sustainability and environment
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ECP Post-COVID-19 Restart Initiatives

Along with harnessing existing research networks and projects to respond to COVID-19, RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs) launched five cross-platform initiatives in June 2020 to address various key areas for post COVID-19 recovery. 

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Concept Paper Series 2019

The Enabling Capability Platforms initiated Concept Papers aimed at supporting the development of ideas for major interdisciplinary projects to address significant challenges requiring a truly interdisciplinary team to make substantial progress.

Dr Serene Ho’s Concept Paper titled ‘Thinking About Treaty Spatially’ is now available to view. The paper explores spatial implications of treaty for land and geospatial professionals for building a shared future.

Research and innovation priorities

Manufacturing across scale and function

RMIT will add value to:

  • designing and manufacturing products and components at the nano, micro, millimetre, object and systems scale, and
  • manufacturing components and systems that integrate features across these scales

Advanced automation and sensor networks

We will enable industry to:

  • automate and integrate systems
  • apply advanced sensor network technologies, and
  • improve the productivity, quality control and flexibility of manufacturing processes

We will add to and improve sensing devices available on the Internet of Things.

Developing Industry 4.0 in the Australian context

We will focus on:

  • digitising products and services offered by Australian manufacturers, and
  • perfecting the interfaces between digital instructions and physical objects

RMIT Insight series

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RMIT announces its insight series

RMIT’s insight series aims to provide deep and accurate information on social and scientific challenges facing Australia in 2020. We will be focussing on issues when the application of science and technology can make a profound different on how we live our lives or undertake our business. 

The insight series is produced by RMIT's Enabling Capability Program and will consist of up to 6 papers that will be launched progressively in 2020.

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If you're not sure how you can best work with us, our team can explain what's possible and put you in touch with the right person. 

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer