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
OneWeb will manufacture the world’s largest constellation of small satellites next to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with a goal of using these to provide high-speed, global internet access. Reuters reports that OneWeb, which has raised $US 500 million from backers including Virgin, Airbus and Qualcomm, will have an initial production run of 900 … Continue reading OneWeb to announce Florida site, the “first ever” to mass manufacture satellites
WORK is underway on software that aims to use hologram technology and LEGO-inspired assembly to help manufacture some of the world’s most complex machines. The Australian arm of global defence and security company Saab has partnered with Microsoft to build a range of ground breaking training, education and other complex 3D Holographic applications. Worn as … Continue reading Saab’s vision to bring LEGO simplicity to advanced manufacturing
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.
Alkane Resources has revealed it is in talks with major aerospace firms about supplying a crucial rare earth element used in jet engine manufacture.
Air New Zealand has announced it has additively manufactured fold-out cocktail trays for business class in its long haul flights, and is investigating expanding its use of 3D printing to reduce inventory.
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.
There’s cautious optimism around that manufacturing’s fortunes have changed. Brent Balinski spoke to Jens Goennemann and Andrew Stevens of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre about building on successes and – hopefully – changing the national psyche around the industry.
Like titanium, scandium is a metal Australia possesses in world-leading amounts, and – with a little work – it could present big industrial opportunities. Brent Balinski reports on a recently announced effort to help address the material’s supply/demand nexus.
Deakin University, Clean TeQ and Universal Alloy Corporation to collaborate on scandium for aerospace
A collaboration between Clean TeQ Holdings, the US’s Universal Alloy Corporation and Deakin University will explore the uses of aluminium/scandium for lightweight aerospace parts.
Californian company HRL Laboratories has developed a method of 3D printing ceramics with similarities to stereolithography, with the resultant parts possessing high strength and extreme heat resistance.
The Board of advanced manufacturing company Quickstep Holdings Limited has announced the appointment of Mr James Douglas as a Non-executive Director, effective immediately.