The University of Adelaide will welcome the state-of-the-art metal 3D printing facility thanks to a $1.4 million State Government grant.

With this grant, the University of Adelaide will be able to provide necessary resources 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

Based in Northern Adelaide, the service will be the only metal additive manufacturing centre in Australia available to companies on a commercial basis.

With 3D printers – one of which will be solely used and accredited for medical device manufacturing, the research centre will enable companies to reduce significant cost pressures and barriers for local manufacturers.

Several local companies have already sought access to the new facility.

Furthermore, it involves the establishment of a plastics 3D printing facility at the City of Playford’s Stretton Centre, Munno Para.

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.

According to Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher, “the success of transforming the South Australian economy depends on [their] ability to adapt to new ways of doing things and establish advanced technologies to build globally competitive, high-value firms.

As for Professor Julie Owens, the University of Adelaide Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), “clients who use [their] current small 3D metal printing facility have had to go overseas to get access to larger printers for manufacture of products.

The new facility will enable many advanced manufacturing projects in defence, medical devices, dental prostheses and injection moulding to be undertaken in Adelaide. This will significantly enhance local advanced manufacturing and we are proud to have been centrally involved in the creation of such an important new facility for South Australia.

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