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3D metal printers ready for use by local manufacturers

16 February

3D metal printers ready for use by local manufacturers

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The most advanced commercially available metal 3D printing facility in Australia is now open for local companies to manufacture parts for a variety of industries including defence and medical and dental devices.

The Australian Advanced Materials Manufacturing facility in Edinburgh Parks in Adelaide’s North, which forms part of the Additive Manufacturing Applied Research Network (AMARN), can print complex metal parts in titanium, stainless steel, aluminium and cobalt chrome.

The Network is the only metal additive manufacturing centre in Australia available to industry on a commercial basis and removes significant costs and barriers for local manufacturers.

To contact the Network, please email or call +61 8 8313 9254.

The University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing and the Optofab Australian National Fabrication Facility, together with the Stretton Centre and CSIRO’s Lab 22 additive manufacturing centre, established the AMARN using a $1.4m state government grant through the Australian Government’s CRC for Innovative Manufacturing (IMCRC), to buy the UK-made 3D printers.

The Network has been approved for connection to the GigCity ultra-fast internet network.

Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing Director Professor Andre Luiten said the network and facility was borne out of three years’ work by the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing and our Optofab Australian National Fabrication Facility.

"Clients who use our current small 3D metal printing facility have had to go overseas to get access to larger printers for manufacture of products," he said.

"The new facility will enable many advanced manufacturing projects in defence, medical devices, dental and injection moulding to be undertaken in Adelaide.

"This will significantly enhance local advanced manufacturing and we are proud to be part of it."

Innovative Manufacturing CRC CEO David Chuter said the South Australian Government’s $1.4 million investment in the Australian Advanced Materials Manufacturing (AAMM) network and facility will help further catalyse the transformation of the manufacturing industry in South Australian and ensure businesses can remain relevant globally competitive in this sector.

"The ability to access world class facilities, such as the AAMM, will remove a significant barrier for businesses looking to invest in technologies and research and benefit from the opportunities presented by a rapidly n evolving manufacturing sector," he said.

"The South Australian Government should be applauded for the significant investment it continues to make to guarantee the future of manufacturing in South Australia, and for removing barriers – particularly for small and medium manufacturers – to invest in R&D, particularly with Australian universities and CSIRO."