Metal 3D printing facility, AAMM, opens

The most advanced commercially available metal 3D printing facility in Australia, the Australian Advanced Materials Manufacturing facility (AAMM), is now open.

The facility which is located in Edinburgh Parks, Adelaide North, was officially opened on Friday 16th February with local companies now able to manufacture parts for a variety of industries, including a range of defence, medical and dental devices.

The AAMM facility forms part of the Additive Manufacturing Applied Research Network (AMARN) and will be able to print various metals including titanium, stainless steel, aluminium and cobalt chrome into complex metal parts. At the moment, AMARN 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.

CEO of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) David Chuter said, “The South Australian Government’s $1.4 million investment in the Australian Advanced Materials Manufacturing (AAMM) 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.”

Director Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) Professor Andre Luiten said, “This network and facility has been 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. The new facility will enable many advanced manufacturing projects in defence, medical devices, dental and injection moulding to be undertaken in Adelaide.”

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.