Former World Bank president and top US diplomat Robert Zoellick is warning Australia’s business leaders not to “bet the house” when it comes to China. Zoellick said he first sensed complacency about China from Australia’s business leaders when he was here last year to celebrate 10 years of the US-Australia trade agreement, a deal he himself … Continue reading Don’t bet the house (or much else) on China warns US diplomat
Catastrophic failure of machinery or structures is usually expensive to repair and can pose a threat to the health and safety of workers and the public. Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) of materials, components and structures can give inspectors and technicians warnings of many potential failures before they cause problems. A videoscope is an inspection instrument … Continue reading Industrial videoscope being touted as the new ‘gold standard’
According to IDTechEx, significant growth is predicted for the electric vehicle market, which will result in almost one trillion dollars in sales at ex-factory prices in 2026. Approximately half of this is predicted to be the 48V mild hybrids that are launching in 2017, but by 2026, sales will consist of completely electric vehicles with … Continue reading Battery shortage worries amid electric vehicle growth
Former ALP leader, defence minister and Ambassador to the United States Kim ‘Bomber’ Beazley has been appointed to the board of Lockheed Martin Australia which is developing the F35 joint strike fighter for the Australian Air Force. At a price tag of $AUD18 billion, the F35 deal is to date Australia’s most expensive defence acquisition … Continue reading ‘Bomber’ Beazley lands a job with strike fighter maker
A report by Research and Markets predicts the market for 3D printing in concrete will grow from $US 24.5 million last year to $US 56.4 million by 2021.
Dubai has opened what is claimed to be the world’s first 3D printed office building. AAP reports that the offices were printed in 17 days for $US 140,000 by WinSun Global of China, which made news in 2014 when it printed 10 houses in a day. As with the houses, the offices were not made in one … Continue reading Dubai workers start clocking on in 3D printed office building
HP has unveiled its two 3D printing units and begun taking orders, nearly two years after their announcement, with the claim that these can be competitive against traditional manufacturing methods. engineering.com and others report that the machines work by fusing rather than sintering layers of powder. The process is compared to binder jetting, with the … Continue reading HP takes orders for new 3D printers, claims it will revolutionise manufacturing
Chemson Pacific has announced a claimed world-first 3D printing feedstock, 3D Vinyl. The material was invented, developed and tested in Australia, and is believed to be the first PVC material for additive manufacturing, according to a statement from the company. Chemson has also announced a strategic partnership with Functionalize of the US to co-develop “conductive, … Continue reading World-first Australian 3D printing material announced
Boeing has applied for a patent to 3D print fake ice for simulation purposes. AeroPatent identified the application, which describes a way of depositing “artificial ice shapes” for a plane’s leading edges and tail. These would simulate the extra weight and aerodynamic effects of frozen water. The patent number US2016076968 and dated March 17 describes, … Continue reading Boeing patents 3D printing plastic ice for simulations
Alcoa and Airbus have announced an agreement on additively manufactured titanium fuselage and engine pylon components, with the first of these to be delivered mid-this year.
A workshop was recently held at the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct at RMIT University and welcomed over 61 attendees from across Australia. The discussion focused on the latest developments in 3D printing (additive manufacturing) using metals.
The most recent version of the Wohlers Report, a closely-watched and comprehensive account of the global 3D printing industry, has found overall growth was 25.9 per cent in 2015, bringing the market’s value to $US 5.165 billion.
Developments in 3D printing and associated software will empower hospitals and communities to fabricate, rather than buy, many of their solutions.
Stratasys has announced the next generation of its photopolymer printers, promising the new “market-disruptive” six-nozzle J750 units will offer “one-stop realism without post-processing”.
Local medical applications using various methods of 3D printing have gained global attention, and some are arguably world-leading.
This website will be profiling some of the Endeavour Awards contestants in the lead-up to the event’s gala dinner on May 12. Brent Balinski spoke to Michelle du Toit, managing director and co-owner of Outstanding Start-up candidate Gizmo 3D Printers, about the company’s aspirations.
HP is reportedly on track to start shipping its 3D printers this year, which it is pitching as manufacturing solutions rather than being just for prototyping.
The way things are designed and made is being shaken up by things such as new materials and greater connectivity. Better, cheaper tools are enabling more people can start their own businesses. Brent Balinski spoke to Dassault Systemes SolidWorks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi about all this and more.
A claimed world-first surgery involving a removed vertebrae tumour and a replacement, 3D printed implant was performed in December.
SynFlyt is preparing to take its product to regulator CASA for approval this month. Brent Balinski spoke to founder Ross Maclennan about his flight simulator start-up.