Adelaide will soon be home to the Southern Hemisphere’s most advanced, state-of-the-art metal 3D printing facility thanks to a USD 1.4 M State Government grant to the University of Adelaide.
The grant will be used to establish the Additive Manufacturing Applied Research Network, which will create jobs and provide access for local companies to manufacture parts for the growing medical device and defence industries.
The metal 3D printing facility will be based in northern Adelaide. It will house three printers – one of which will be solely used and accredited for medical device manufacturing.
The new facility puts South Australia at the forefront of additive manufacturing and will be an asset for the manufacture of parts for the defence and medical device sectors. It will also provide businesses with a new tool to undertake research, product development and validation testing.
The metal 3D printing facility is being supported through the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, which aims to assist manufacturers to transition from low cost manufacturing to advanced manufacturing based on modern technologies and models.