Manufacturing keeps the fire burning

The flexibility and quick thinking of Australian manufacturing was called into duty recently in Melbourne.

A recent inspection of the eternal flame at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance uncovered that the burner component had significantly deteriorated. Then, manufacturer DANT Industries, along with RMIT University was brought to the front line.

The team took only 72 hours to design and manufacture a like-for-like replacement that ensured the flame would continue to burn bright.

The rapid solution used some of the latest technology with historical designs.

Paul Spithill and Bradley Sherwood, technical officers at RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP) designed a 3D CAD model of the original burner. The team then printed the model, and delivered it to DANT Industries.

The inner Melbourne manufacturer then cast the design in bronze, for delivery to RMIT on the same day.

RMIT conducted the machining and finishing of the burner to ensure that new device was indistinguishable from the original.

With the assistance of Multinet Gas Networks, the flame was safeguarded while the burner was installed.

The eternal flame has been burning at the shrine of remembrance for over half a century, having been lit by Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Melbourne in 1954.

This short-time frame project is one of a number of unique projects carried out by the AMP, which collaborates with large manufacturers as well as local SMEs. The facility has leveraged the potential of 3D printing to find solutions to challenges that the manufacturing industry faces.