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CSIRO and Swinburne elevate Australian manufacturing with Industry 4.0 Testlab

The future of Australian manufacturing is being built at the Swinburne-CSIRO National Industry 4.0 Testlab, including a world-first process for the additive manufacturing of carbon fibre composite materials.

The Testlab showcased its world-first fully automated industrial-scale production facility using a 3D-printing approach to composite component creation.

Industry 4.0 Testlab research director professor Boris Eisenbar said, “Testlab is already supporting groundbreaking projects in areas like aerospace, automotive, 3D printing and digital twinning.”

Based at CSIRO’s Clayton facility, the Swinburne-CSIRO National Industry 4.0 Testlab supports innovative research and development for Swinburne’s Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub, Victorian Hydrogen Hub, ARC Research Hub for Future Digital Manufacturing, and collaborations with CSIRO’s Data61 arm.

“This is only the start for this world-leading facility, and I am excited for what we can do next to continue to build our partnership with CSIRO and our industry network,” said Eisenbar.

Swinburne chief scientist professor Virginia Kilborn said, “Swinburne University of Technology is proud of be one of Australia’s leading partners in the research and development of advanced manufacturing.”

The showcase was attended by member for Chisholm Dr Carina Garland MP, one year on from the federal government announcing their Rebuilding Australian manufacturing agenda to revitalise Australia’s industrial capability and manufacturing.

The Global Innovation Linkages program project is another key initiative of the facility.

Developing a highly automated, flexible approach to the manufacturing process, the project integrates world-first 3D fibre printing technology with a unique composite curing process and digitisation technologies.

This will achieve a leap forward in increasing the production rates and quality of composite part manufacture, while significantly lowering the cost of production.

CSIRO’s chief scientist professor Bronwyn Fox is an integral part of the Swinburne and CSIRO community.

“Australia’s future depends on having a world class advanced manufacturing capability and Testlab has been purpose-built on the cutting edge of what we need to succeed in the era of Industry 4.0,” said Fox.

Since holding previous positions as Swinburne’s deputy vice-chancellor of research and enterprise and director of Swinburne’s factory of the future, Fox is now also supervising PhD students undertaking projects with the Testlab.

“It is a facility that gives us the ability to generate, translate and accelerate research, training and technology into opportunities and competitive advantage for Australia,” said Fox.

Professor Fox is one of the many world-leading experts who will use this facility for innovative education, research and development outcomes in manufacturing for years to come.

“Testlab’s real power is collaboration – it brings together the people, the capabilities and the intention to deliver benefits for the nation through generous collaboration between Swinburne, CSIRO and other key players in Australia’s research and innovation system.,” said Fox.

Testlabs are innovative learning platforms and facilities that enable the research and education sector to work closely with the industry sector (in particular SMEs) in order to progress Industry 4.0 transformations.

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