While hiring intentions among Australian employers remain positive, their employees feel let down on the training front and many are actively looking to switch jobs, the latest Hudson Report has revealed. The report tracked the hiring intentions of more than 2,000 employers, as well as the attitudes of 1,330 employees in April this year. It … Continue reading Report finds employers eager to hire but staff also eager to leave
When I first saw the results of IFS’s Digital Transformation Survey of nearly 500 senior decision makers in 20+ countries, I was surprised that only 50 per cent of respondents in Australia said they had a clear strategy for digital transformation. The reason wasn’t that 50 per cent seemed like a low figure based on … Continue reading OPINION: Are Australian companies doing enough to transform themselves?
Emerson has announced the release of the Rosemount 975 flame detectors, a complete line of optical flame detectors designed to perform in the harshest environmental conditions and connect directly to alarm or automatic fire extinguishing systems. The new line incorporates a variety of flame detection technologies that will provide optimal coverage for a wide range of … Continue reading New flame detectors to help keep staff and facilities safe
Daimler has announced it will use 3D printing to help localise production of spare parts for its trucks. Reuters reports that the world’s biggest truck maker and parent company of Mercedes Benz will begin the initiative in September, for parts “including spring caps, air and cable ducts, clamps, mountings and control elements.” It has experimented on … Continue reading Daimler to begin 3D printing truck parts
Dick Smith will begin shipping Wanhao 3D printers late-this month, sold as Balco brand.
Alcoa has opened a $US 60 million metal powder production facility in Upper Burrell, Pittsburgh, at the company’s Technology Centre.
Display company Composite Images has announced that it has purchased a new Massivit giant-format 3D printer, which will arrive in September.
Japan’s Daihatsu has teamed up with designers and 3D printing company Stratasys to develop mass-customised car decorations.
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.