Downer’s Mineral Technologies business and research alliance partners, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) recently celebrated its first year researching solutions that will revolutionize the way mining products are manufactured by using additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.
The end goal of the alliance is to allow Mineral Technologies to manufacture bespoke models for mineral separation spirals, sent directly to a 3D printer solution. The commercial benefits include the ability to print on site and in real time which will ultimately deliver savings in both time and money.
Another key benefit of the project is the PhD study program. To date, the research project has completed multiple capstone masters achievements for UTS including winning a 2019 NSW iAwards for a rotational 3D printing system.
The research team has also confirmed the opportunity for additional development scope around Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity that will deliver the Industry 4.0 milestone outcomes that the project originally set out to investigate. This scope growth funding has again been matched by IMCRC.