Through the transformation of specialised materials into high performing products, advanced manufacturing and fabrication is driving the next wave of manufacturing excellence in Australia.
Our world is in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that is disrupting business practices and labour markets.
Rapid developments are occuring in fields like 3D printing, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, genetics and biotechnology.
Manufacturers need cutting edge solutions and viable design innovations in order to respond to this rapid global transformation.
At RMIT, expert researchers are collaborating across a range of fields to help Australian industries shift into advanced manufacturing and develop innovative solutions to their most complex problems.
We will partner with industry to drive the next wave of manufacturing excellence in Australia. We will enable manufacturers to shift into making customised products, digitise their production processes, establish international supply chains, and make their supply chains and components truly multifunctional. - Professor Ivan Cole
Internationally recognised areas of research excellence in:
- aerospace, electrical and electronic, mechanical and materials engineering
- condensed matter physics
- physical chemistry
- environmental science and management
Additional research strengths in:
- nano and micro manufacturing
- component and additive manufacturing
- systems integration and engineering
Research facilities and centres include:
An Advanced Manufacturing Precinct with:
- state-of-the-art additive and subtractive process manufacturing technologies
- high-speed multi-axis machining centres
- reverse engineering
- automation robotics to simulate manufacturing production lines
A new NanoMicro Research Facility with nine high-tech laboratories
Close relationships with:
- federal and state governments
- Industry Growth Centres
- peak industry organisations
- major industries and research institutions and networks in Australia, Asia and Europe
Manufacturing across scale and function
RMIT will add value to:
- The design and manufacture of products and components at the nano, micro, millimetre, object and systems scale
- The manufacture of 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
- Improve the productivity, quality control and flexibility of manufacturing processes
- 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
- Perfecting the interfaces between digital instructions and physical objects
- Defence and security innovation
- Medical technologies
- Food production and agribusiness
- Sustainability and environment
Together we are shaping the future.
Our researchers are working with industry on solutions for real world problems.