Spreading the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies among Australian manufacturers is vital to lifting their international competitiveness, according to the Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre. Brent Balinski spoke to the group’s chair, Andrew Stevens, about a new partnership aimed at encouraging this adoption.
Some of the issues faced by Britain’s industrial sector will sound familiar to Australians. It turns out we may be able to help, too, as Dr Mark Priest of Harrogate Partners, and Advanced Manufacturing Adviser to the UK’s Department for International Trade, tells Brent Balinski.
It is already old news that 3D printing is going to be the next “game changer” in manufacturing; it is only a matter of when. In the last few years, there has been a surge in demand for 3D printed parts, typically plastic and metal ones – not surprising since the CAD/CAM scene has been vastly improving in recent years.
Bundaberg-based aviation engine and part manufacturer CAMit has confirmed its closure.
Composite technology company Quickstep Holdings has announced that it has passed a 100-part a month milestone, producing 108 parts in September for the Joint Strike Fighter.
Heat Treatment Australia applies its expertise to high-value parts for areas including aerospace and defence, making them stronger, lighter and more durable. Brent Balinski spoke to the company about its expansion, which will see it open its new Los Angeles site in October.
Major industrial companies have been making serious acquisitions lately, seeking to strengthen their capabilities with metal additive manufacturing. Brent Balinski spoke to Mark Cola, co-founder and CEO of Sigma Labs, about what it all means.
The future is predicted to see unmanned aerial vehicles in a fast-growing number of places. Brent Balinski spoke to Dario Valenza, founder of UAV maker Carbonix, about his company’s leap from racing boats to drones, a few design considerations, and what he hopes the future brings.
GE has announced its intention to buy SLM Solutions of Germany and Arcam of Sweden, both makers of industrial metal additive manufacturing machines, in what it is calling the next step on its way to becoming a digital industrial business.
Stratasys has previewed two new fused deposition modeling-based additive manufacturing technologies, co-developed with partners Boeing, Ford and Siemens.
A new engineering research and development facility is being established in Melbourne. The announcement of the Science Technology Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory, an initiative of Lockheed Martin, was made at Engineers Australia’s Melbourne offices.
South-east Queensland has emerged as an area of surprising manufacturing strength, with one local CEO suggesting that the benefits of clustering could be encouraged through zoning cheap land.
United States vice president Joe Biden will visit Australia over the weekend, with his trip to include visits to Boeing’s Port Melbourne factory, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and a “major policy speech on the future of the US-Australia relationship.”
Alcoa has opened a $US 60 million metal powder production facility in Upper Burrell, Pittsburgh, at the company’s Technology Centre.
The transfer of world-leading technologies to Australia’s manufacturers was part of the lobbying efforts from Future Submarine contestants. Brent Balinski spoke to Dassault Systèmes co-founder Philippe Forrestier about what the victorious French team brings to the table.
Boeing could soon resume sales to Iran, which have been on hold since the country’s 1979 revolution.
Success isn’t about just making things for a domestic market. Brent Balinski spoke to Michael Grogan, who recently finished up as CEO of Sutton Tools, about going global, and why the industry’s future is a bright one.
A Berlin air show has witnessed a mini-aircraft almost entirely 3D printed out of polyamide, with Airbus claiming that it has big implications for the future of aerospace. AFP reports that the 21 kilogram, windowless THOR (Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality) flew at the International Aerospace Exhibition and Air Show. According to the company … Continue reading Airbus demoes almost-entirely 3D printed mini-plane
The Queensland government has released what it calls a roadmap for the state’s aeronautical sector, which it says could assist in the transition from the mining investment boom. Mining minister Anthony Lynham released a discussion paper at Brisbane airport yesterday, saying that the state had a strong aerospace sector and an Asia-Pacific centre of excellence … Continue reading QLD government announces plan to grow aerospace sector
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