Brent is a co-founder and editor of @AuManufacturing.

Australian company gets $19 m series B backing, looks to commercially launch rockets in 2020

Gilmour Space Technologies has raised $19 m from companies including Main Sequence Ventures (which manages CSIRO’s Innovation Fund), Blackbird Ventures and the US-based 500 Start-ups. The company is aiming to address a bottleneck in launches for the booming nano-satellite market, catered to by about a half-dozen operators globally.

Collaborating “an absolute necessity” for defence manufacturers, says JSF supplier

Karen Stanton of Heat Treatment Australia writes in Defence Connect about a shift towards greater collaboration among defence manufacturers. HTA developed vacuum brazing technology for JSF parts and has won more and more defence work in the years since. According to Stanton, more companies are beginning to understand that partnering with others can be mutually…

Does Australia need a peak body to represent and to grow its additive manufacturing industry?

An interesting yarn that appeared in Engineers Australia’s magazine a while ago is now online. Additive manufacturing is the future, and it’s time we take it seriously In it, Alex Kingsbury and Professor Ian GIbson of Deakin make the case for an Australia Makes, similar to America makes, to help build on the country’s early…