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State-of-the-art metal additive manufacturing hub launched at Monash University

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A new Australian Research Council Hub headquartered at Monash University and focussing on metal-based additive manufacturing has been launched.

The $9 million ARC Research Hub for Transforming Australia’s Manufacturing Industry through High Value Additive Manufacturing was officially opened on Wednesday. It is funded through $4 million over five years from the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program and through its industrial partners.

The ARC’s CEO Professor Aidan Byrne said the focus would be on additive manufacturing for metal alloy parts using selective laser sintering and electron beam melting methods.

“This Research Hub will increase the awareness and uptake of metal-based additive manufacturing in Australia,” he said in a statement.

“It aims to establish Australia as a global leader in knowledge of additive manufacturing for metal components, with application in industries such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical, space and defence.”

The hub will be headed by Monash’s Professor Xinhua Wu (pictured) who also leads the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals.

Wu said that the aim was to help secure markets in high-value sectors.

“Through this hub, researchers will work to resolve issues surrounding process optimisation to achieve all required mechanical properties in 3D printed metallic products that can be used commercially for flying or in the body,” she said.

The hub’s partners include Deakin University, the University of Queensland, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Safran-Microturbo SAS, Metallica Minerals Limited, A.W.Bell, Amaero Engineering Pty Ltd, International Seal Company (ISCA) Australia Pty Ltd, and Kinetic Engineering Services Pty Ltd.

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