Metallic Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing for Australia
Post author: David Molenaar. Last update: 02/11/2015 at 1:55 pm by David Molenaar.
Lab 22 is open to industry and providing per-use access to make metallic AM equipment instantly affordable. One of the biggest hurdles to the uptake of the technology is the required initial capital investment, in both the equipment and operator training. Additionally, there are many types of metallic AM that all have different value propositions and niches to fill. The problem is that companies are having trouble affording one machine, let alone the many machines that they should have to deliver good value to their customers. Since the CSIRO is not to compete in private industry, we won’t. We will simply open the doors for industry to use the equipment for “production” purposes themselves! The CSIRO will provide training to operator(s) and provide as much or as little help and oversight as needed during production. We have five different metallic AM technologies ready to be utilised, including electron beam and laser based powder bed systems, a laser based blown powder system, cold spray, and 3d printing in sand to make moulds for castings.
There are so many advantages of this for the Australia. The metallic AM industry can now grow intelligently with the right equipment at whatever pace the market dictates. Companies will be able to make more intelligent decisions, based on actual experience with the multiple technologies, on how and when to venture-out on their own. There will be less start-up failures. There will be lots of collaboration and synergy among all of the participants, even if forced. There will be an efficient usage of the metallic AM equipment that already exists, instead of more equipment that is under-utilised.
The intent is to incubate and aid in the growth of this new industry so that we will then have R&D customers in the future.
Australia has 40% of the world’s titanium ore and there is a growing global demand for titanium metals. Moreover, the CSIRO, in conjunction with industry, now has capability of processing the ore into metal. Additive manufacturing and 3d printing should play a significant part in the production of final components in the very near future.
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