We're providing Australian companies with access to metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies that promise high efficiency and productivity gains for a competitive advantage.
Lowering capital investment risk
New and emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, offer huge advantages over traditional manufacturing methods for increased efficiencies and productivity.
Additive manufacturing reduces waste material, brings down labour costs, speeds up the development and test phase, allows for product customisation and the ability to make complex metal parts.
3D printing with metal is much more complex than using other material such as plastic. The equipment also has a high capital cost in the range of $1 million per unit, and so like with any new technology, there is an element of investment risk particularly for smaller companies.
Due to these challenges, Australian industry has been slow to adopt metal 3D printing. Yet, as global competition increases, these technologies are needed to strengthen and enhance local manufacturing.
We're working to overcome the major barriers to entry, so that Australian industry can take advantage of 3D printing for a global competitive advantage.
Equipping industry with the latest technology
Our new $6 million additive manufacturing centre, called Lab 22, is making metal additive manufacturing more accessible for industry and increasing its adoption across Australia.
Located at Clayton, Victoria, Lab 22 offers Australian companies with a unique opportunity to access and explore new technologies so that they can innovate with less capital investment risk.
Our experts work closely with companies on cost-effective solutions, catering to a wide spectrum of requirements, such as increasing the speed, performance and affordability of technologies. We are able to capture 3D data and simulate both the manufacturing process and in-service part performance. Our designers can turn a new design idea into a testable prototype within a week.
Our machines can be categorised based on how the raw material is fed (powder bed, cold spray, blown powder) or their heat source (e-beam or laser). They can also handle a wide variety of materials including ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and sand.
Lab 22 offers:
- Metallic 3D printing (e.g. titanium, aluminium)
- Advanced machining for improved profitability
- Surface engineering for enhanced performance
- Laser assisted additive deposition
- Laser heat treatments.
Our equipment includes:
- Arcam A1
- Concept Laser M2
- Optomec LENS MR-7
- Voxelject VX1000
- Cold Spray Plasma Giken.
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We partner with small and large companies, government and industry in Australia and around the world.