A growing number of large and medium size organisations are using digital manufacturing technology to produce products, according to the organisers of the Factory of the Future Conference to be held in June.
Amtil, Formero, AusIndustry and CSIRO are putting together the conference at the end of June 2010, with special guest speaker Terry Wohlers, renowned global industry consultant, speaker and author on Direct digital manufacture.
According to the organisers, it is some of the small, start-up companies that are really benefiting from digital manufacturing technology for end-product manufacture.
A new wave of low-volume manufacturing is developing. The availability of digital manufacture is allowing individuals and small companies to more easily experiment with new design ideas and manufacture custom and limited edition products, as well as small production runs for market testing, the conference organisers claims.
Compared to conventional methods of manufacturing, such as tooling and injection moulding, the risk of doing so is relatively low, they say.
Companies in aerospace, defense, medicine, dentistry, and many other industries are applying digital manufacture systems to the production of complex and high-value products. Also, an impressive number of consumer products made by digital manufacture are now available for purchase from multiple sources.
The conference will take place in Melbourne on 21 June, Adelaide on 23 June, Sydney on 24 June and Brisbane on 28 June. Register here.