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Post author: Milan Brandt. Last update: 30/10/2015 at 1:18 pm by Milan Brandt.
Housing some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies available, the Precinct brings design and engineering together, from digital design to digital manufacturing focusing in particular on 3D printing of advanced high value add products and components.
We are developing the next generation of engineers, designers and technicians, and working closely with industry both in Australia and internationally. Our vision is to be the leader in the implementation of the next wave of manufacturing in Australia.
What is Additive Manufacturing?
Additive Manufacturing is a digital manufacturing process that can be used to “print” fully functional parts direct from virtual 3D data generated with most CAD software packages or 3D scanner. The process includes a group of different technologies and systems that range from low cost “3D Printers” through to high-end industrial manufacturing systems. Unlike subtractive processes (such as milling or turning) that remove material from a block or bar, additive machines start with nothing and gradually deposit material to build up the desired part geometry. Because of the unique way in which parts are produced, it is possible to create highly complex forms and geometries that would be impossible to fabricate with any other manufacturing process.
Additive manufacturing systems are commercially available and are able to print fully functional metal parts, using materials such as titanium, directly from virtual CAD data. However, the technology is still relatively new and not yet widespread. Continued research and development is required to support the uptake and implementation of these manufacturing systems by industry.
The state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technologies include:
» Selective Laser Melting.
» Fused Deposition Modelling.
» Object machines.
» U Print machines.
Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is an additive manufacturing process which allows the operator to generate metal parts directly from computer aided design (CAD) data. SLM is a powder bed based technology using a high power laser beam to melt thin layers of metallic powders together. The part is built layer by layer to its full dimension. SLM enables manufacture of parts and components with a high level of complexity which is difficult or even impossible to machine with traditional technics.
SLM technology offers advantages in case of low production runs down to “one-offs” and parts with a high level of complexity. Due to the fact that the parts are generated from metal powders, applications are most times in the field of Rapid Manufacturing. This means that the part is fully functional and not just a prototype.
Professor Milan Brandt
Facility Director at RMIT University, .
Milan Brandt is a professor of Advanced Manufacturing in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. His primary duties are as a research leader in the area of additive laser manufacture. Professor Brandt is the leading Australian researcher in the area of macro processing with lasers and has conducted work in laser cladding, cutting, drilling, welding and assisted machining. This has resulted in technological achievements, patents, research papers and commercial products, which have been recognized internationally and nationally in both scientific and industrial circles. He has commercialized the results of his research and also actively promoted the benefits of laser technology to Australian industry through invited presentations, conference papers and industry seminars. Professor Brandt initiated and chaired several international conferences and has extensive links with many international researchers and organisations.
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Type: Commercial research services provider, Core facility in a research organisation
Discipline areas: Engineering Science, Materials Science, Physical Science
Affiliations: RMIT University