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What price our fascination with cheaper 3D printing?
The future of 3D printing is firming up as it moves from do-it-yourself tinkerers to key players selling complete consumer solutions.
The evolution of CMM probing systems
Stationary and portable metrology probing systems have evolved from traditional single point tactile probes to advanced scanning laser probes capable of reliable, high speed metrology of a wide range of materials in the most demanding of environmental conditions. Ian Martin writes.
The roadmap for the third industrial revolution [video]
Schneider Electric and economist Jeremy Rifkin discuss the challenges the world faces as it enters the third industrial revolution.
Australia gets an extra expo for 3D printing in 2014
3D printing has come as far in Australia as warranting standalone expos and conferences, and this year there are not one but two trade shows dedicated to the technology.
Red tape: not as straightforward as Abbott’s pledge to repeal
Macquarie University’s Michael Quilter discusses the impact of red tape, and of its proposed removal.
Case study: How to be a better manager of apprentices
Based on reports, it has become clear with some exceptions, a number of business factors appear to influence the outcome of apprenticeships.
Manufacturing comes home as energy cost trumps wages gap
Something strange, or perhaps rather unexpected, has occurred over the past few years.
From manufacturing’s ashes a creative economy could rise
General Motors Holden’s decision to pull the pin on its Melbourne manufacturing plant spurred renewed
debate around government-subsidised industry sectors.
Lean Lessons from Japan – Australian Industry Group Lean Japan Tour
In November, Shinka Management, in conjunction with the Australian Industry Group, conducted a lean manufacturing study tour of Japan. The tour provided Australian industry leaders with first-hand experience of world-class lean implementation in a country renowned for its productivity, quality and safety levels.
Keeping on top of machine safety
The challenge is to continue to improve existing safety of machinery and, as technology develops, to manage new safety hazards.
My 5 predictions for manufacturing in Australia in 2014
A New Year has begun and most economists and media are providing their forecasts for 2014.
FactCheck: are Australian apprentices ‘disappearing’?
Following changes to employer incentives and policies, apprentice numbers have dropped significantly, but is is the end for the Australian apprentice?
Australia needs gas reservation to protect industries and climate
What is the future of Australia’s gas reserves? While it might be good news for the gas industry, increasing international demand could cost manufacturing.
Productivity Commission highlights bleak future for Australian car manufacturing
An increase in vehicle manufacturing is needed if Australia is to have a sustainable car industry, according to the Productivity Commission inquiry.
The top 10 manufacturing stories from 2013
According to the popularity of stories on this website throughout the year, our attention was strongly drawn to 3D printing, factory closures and insolvencies, and the occasional bit of lighthearted news. And – no surprise in an election year – Manufacturers’ Monthly readers also came to us for policy news affecting the industry.
Abbott tells businesses not to expect subsidies
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sent a strong message to businesses not to expect handouts from his government.
Going with THE FLOW
An Australian truck body manufacturer is bringing business home.
Increased energy efficiency in China could “strand” Australian mining projects
Increases in energy efficiency in Chinese manufacturing will temper demand for Australian coal exports and put billions of dollars in investment at risk.
55 years and still on a roll
Richmond Wheels and Castors have evolved over more than half a century, though have remained family-owned and committed to manufacturing in Australia.
Gas policy and opportunity
Peter Reith’s Gas Market Taskforce report for the Victorian Government came with high expectations.