Swinburne Factory of the Future

The facility is a platform for research in future manufacturing and design-led innovation,


Ms. Janine Shearer

+61 3 9214 8314

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Post author: Robyn Watson. Last update: 14/08/2015 at 11:36 am by Robyn Watson.


The Factory of the Future is a purpose built facility that houses state-of- the-art advanced manufacturing equipment – including advanced visualisation tools, computer aided design, functional prototyping and rapid fabricating equipment, within five studios.

The facility is a platform for research and teaching in future manufacturing and design-led innovation, and provides a portal for business, industry and the community to engage with Swinburne and potential collaborative partners.

Within the Factory of the Future, business, industry, designers and manufacturing experts can work with Swinburne and other researchers, our teachers and students – to explore and develop new products and methods of manufacturing.

Access is available to businesses of all sizes, from start-ups, SMEs through to large corporations – and we welcome our alumni, local secondary schools and community organisations.


  • 3D Visualisation and Design Studio features advanced visualisation tools that allow for intuitive real-time interaction with realistic 3-D imagery that is responsive to the user’s actions
  • Rapid Manufacturing Studio is equipped with advanced additive manufacturing tools to facilitate rapid conversion of conceptual ideas into a physical product – from digital concepts to metal, plastic or ceramic prototypes
  • Advanced Inspection and Machining Studio has advanced machining capability combined with state-of-the-art inspection equipment for developing high quality components
  • Biodevice Innovation Studio: houses Swinburne’s ARC Training Centre in Biodevices (the BioReactor), this studio supports the integration of electronics, optics, fluids and biomaterials with rapid prototyping to produce innovative new medical devices
  • Design for Resource Efficiency Studio is for the design, development and assessment of recycling and manufacturing processes to maximise resource efficiency and cradle-to-cradle lifespan

Industry can access Swinburne’s Factory of the Future in a number of ways, including:

  • Focused short term research through contract arrangements
  • Collaborative research through Victorian Vouchers Programmes, Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) or other government funding arrangements, like the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), which has its headquarters at Swinburne
  • Postgraduate or final year undergraduate students projects in STEM disciplines such as mechanical, product design, materials or biomedical engineering, advanced manufacturing technology and industrial design. The cost to industry for such projects ranges from in-kind contributions through to materials cost recovery

Access by collaboration, Access by fee for service
Access by users external to managing organisation


Ms. Janine Shearer

Ms. Janine Shearer

Senior Manager, Collaboration & Partnerships at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus.

P: +61 3 9214 8314 | Email |

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Swinburne Factory of the Future

Swinburne University of Technology, . Advanced Manufacturing Design Centre, Level 3, 453-477 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

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Type: Commercial research services provider, Core facility in a research organisation
Discipline areas: Engineering Science
Precinct: Central
Affiliations: Swinburne University of Technology

Tags: Advanced Design, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering