Network Member Workshops
Early this year we finalised some work involving a number of Network Members on developing a Current Market Analysis Report. This report has been generated through data collected by a relatively small sample of the industry. The intent is to expand the work carried out to date by engaging a broader Network of companies from this sector. AMTIL will undertake this activity, in consultation with the Core Team, with an intent to develop a Strategic Action Plan to be implemented over the next two years. Current Market Analysis Report
Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IM-CRC) established
The IM-CRC has recently been established with AMTIL signing on as a Foundation Member and key Portal Organisation. Essentially what this means is that AMTIL will work with the IM-CRC to identify industry research projects that can be funded through the IM-CRC and help conduct an Industry Portal Education Program designed to promote the learnings of the IM-CRC Research Programs. The IM-CRC is currently recruiting a CEO and finalising office arrangements. We look forward to keeping Network Members up to date with activities in the New Year.
National Innovation and Science Agenda
The recently announced National Innovation and Science Agenda will have implications for this industry sector. New and emerging technologies, investment in R&D, supporting innovation thinking and clearing the path for start-ups and new businesses thinking are all part of the Agenda. We are now at the stage that AMTIL, on behalf of the Network, will decipher the Agenda and convey to Network Members exactly where assistance and support mechanisms are. For more detail on the NISA please click below.
China to invest US$313m in 3D printing R&D
The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, among other state authorities, is setting up a project that will see RMB2bn (approximately US$313m) invested in 3D printing technology over three years. The funding will be focused on research and development of 3D printers, equipment, and novel 3D printing applications.
Official opening for CSIRO’s Lab 22
The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, officially opened the CSIRO’s $6m Lab 22 Innovation Centre on 19 November, in Clayton, Victoria. Lab 22 will provide Australian companies with access to 3D printing technologies, promising increased efficiency and productivity gains for the nation’s manufacturing sector.

Global 3D Printing Materials Market 2015-2020 Trend Forecast and Opportunity Analysis
The global 3D printing materials market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 18.2% over 2015-2020. The major drivers of the 3D printing materials market are rapid acceptance of 3D printing technology from prototyping, product designing, and concept modellingto final product manufacturing, growing awareness and market penetration of 3D printing technology in various application sectors, such as medical, aerospace, automotive, and consumer products.

Recommended Reading

Reducing cycle time with conformal cooling
New techniques in additive manufacturing are delivering major benefits in injection moulding processes by enabling significantly more effective cooling performance. By Professor Milan Brandt, Dr Maciej Mazur, and Associate Professor Martin Leary of the RMIT Centre for Additive Manufacturing, and Dr Paul Brincat, Dr Chris Friedl and Robert Larson of Autodesk Australia.

Multifab 3D-prints in 10 materials at once
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a multi-material 3D printer that can print in an unprecedented 10 different materials using machine vision to self-correct and embed components, saving users money, time and energy.

NASA successfully tests 3D-printed rocket fuel pump
One of the most complex 3D-printed rocket engine parts ever made, a turbopump, got its “heartbeat” racing at more than 90,000rpm during a successful series of tests with liquid hydrogen propellant at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama in August.