The Australian Advanced Materials Manufacturing (AAMM) facility has opened to print metals including titanium, stainless steel, aluminium and cobalt chrome into complex metal parts.
Part of the Additive Manufacturing Applied Research Network (AMARN), the facility is the only metal additive manufacturing centre in Australia available to industry on a commercial basis. It provides access to technology that removes significant costs and barriers for local manufacturers.
Local medical device company Austofix will be a user of the facility, which will be able to produce commercial quantities of their revolutionary wrist fracture device Volar Radius Plate, enabling the company to take advantage of export opportunities.
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. They received a $1.4m state government grant through the Australian Government’s CRC for Innovative Manufacturing (IMCRC) to buy the UK-made 3D printers.
David Chuter said at the opening that the South Australian State Government’s investment in the network and facility will help further catalyse the transformation of the manufacturing industry in South Australia and ensure businesses can remain relevant 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 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.”
The Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation in South Australia, the Hon Kyam Maher, stated that this new facility puts South Australia at the forefront of additive manufacturing in Australia providing businesses with a new tool to undertake research, product development and validation testing.
“The South Australian Government recognises that innovation drives growth, sustainability and diversification for South Australia’s businesses and the broader economy.”