July 31, 2014

Australia is launching the Additive Manufacturing Hub in a bid to increase collaboration in the industry to save Australian manufacturing.

Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL), based in Melbourne Australia, will officially launch the Additive Manufacturing Hub later this week.

AMTIL applied a funding application from the federal government for a co-operative research centre (CRC) focussed on "additive manufacturing". But AMTIL chief executive Shane Infanti said that the funding, $40 million over seven years, for the CRC was still "a drop in the ocean" compared to what is needed.

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"If we are going to be serious about our manufacturing future there needs to be considerable money put into this area," he said. "The Singapore government is putting hundreds of millions of dollars into additive manufacturing, and so are the US and the UK."

He said a primary aim of the new hub would be to seek investment in research and to create a network to take advantage of these opportunities. "There is an ecosystem of organisations: technology suppliers and users, government agencies that can be supportive and provide funding, and research institutes." he explained.

Infanti proposed to develop a strategic plan for the next two to five years on what needs to be done to revive manufacturing in Australia and stay globally competitive with 3D printing.

The group will hold its first event on August 13 at the Riverside Life Sciences Centre, North Ryde.


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