The Hub has been awarded AUS$4 million over five years from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO of the ARC, said the new Research Hub would focus on new additive manufacturing technology that can build components from metal alloy powders or wires by selective laser or electron beam melting.

“Technological advances in additive manufacturing [...] bring significant environmental benefits, allowing the creation of more light-weight products which require reduced energy to produce, and a significant reduction in material waste,” he said.

Increased awareness

“This Research Hub will increase the awareness and uptake of metal-based additive manufacturing in Australia. It aims to establish Australia as a global leader in knowledge of additive manufacturing for metal components, with application in industries such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical, space and defence.”

The Research Hub will work collaboratively with partners including: Deakin University,The University of Queensland, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Metallica Minerals Limited, Safran-Microturbo SAS, A.W. Bell, Amaero Engineering Pty Ltd,Chassis Brakes International (Australia) Pty Ltd, International Seal Company Australia Pty Ltd and Kinetic Engineering Services Pty Ltd.