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Virtual hub to boost 3D printing capability

  • Posted on Monday 3rd, September 2018.

A new dedicated hub will help connect Victorian businesses with breakthrough manufacturing technology to help produce innovative products quicker and easier, according to the Victorian Government.

Minister for Industry and Employment, Ben Carroll, today joined Member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny, at Objective 3D to announce the new Additive Manufacturing Hub – supported by $2 million from the Victorian Government.

The virtual hub will reportedly improve access for local companies to Victoria’s world-class additive manufacturing infrastructure and promote Victoria as a globally significant destination for additive manufacturing investment.

The hub will be delivered by Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited – a national body representing manufacturing technology suppliers and users.

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a breakthrough technology for advanced manufacturing, helping businesses design and make new high-value products that are not possible using traditional methods.

Capability in this form of high-value manufacturing will help to position local businesses for success in future industries such as defence, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals and transport technologies.

Established in 2014, Objective 3D is a provider of 3D printer and 3D scanner solutions for designers, educators and manufacturers.

The company’s Carrum Downs facility is the largest Additive Manufacturing Centre in Australia and New Zealand and receives about 1,500 orders and produces more than 100,000 parts a year.

“3D printing is a game changer for manufacturing – which is why we’re backing the technology so more local companies can reap the benefits,” said Carroll.

“This new hub will help local manufactures innovate, become more productive and excel in future industries,” he said.

Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy, with over 13,000 businesses employing more than 283,000 people. It also exported $18.16 billion of manufactured goods in 2016-17.

Earlier this year, Swinburne University of Technology said it was establishing its Industry 4.0 Testlab for carbon composite manufacturing, following research into digital manufacturing processes.

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