Australia’s first-ever 3D printing conference to be held in Mackay

Australia’s first-ever dedicated 3D Printing Expo has been announced, and will take place in Mackay on June 13 this year.

Australia’s first-ever dedicated 3D Printing Expo has been announced, and will take place in Mackay on June 13 this year.

The expo will feature speakers including Bruce Grey, managing director at the Advanced Manufacturing CRC, Professor Milan Brandt from RMIT, and John Barnes, CSIRO’s Titanium Theme Leader.

“3D printing is a technology that allows you to create real things in lots of different materials by building an object micro-layer by micro-layer,” explained the event’s coordinator, Lila Clarke.

“Even using inexpensive 3D printers, each layer can be as small as 0.1 mm – thinner than a sheet of paper.”

The choice of location of Mackay was explained in terms of the high proportion of engineers compared to the population.

The conference will be one of the first to examine the effect of 3D printing on a variety of sectors, and is expected to host 200-plus delegates. Those interested in attending can register here.

“The mind-blowing future includes the possibility of printing buildings in concrete as well as printing human organs layer by layer using cells and stem cells,” said Clarke.

“What computing did for information in the virtual world, 3D printing and additive manufacture is now doing for manufacture in the real world.”

The increasing availability (and affordability) of 3D printing and other forms of additive manufacturing is predicted to make a big impact on industry in the future.

For Manufacturers’ Monthly’s current feature on additive manufacturing and the possibilities it offers, click here.