QLD pilot plant the latest effort in race to address booming high-purity alumina market

A two-year pilot plant study, linking Lava Blue, Queensland University of Technology and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, is the latest attempt to tap into the fast-expanding market for high-purity alumina.   High-purity alumina (HPA) is an in-demand material, used in applications including coatings for lithium ion battery separators, LED production, and synthetic sapphire production. The…

Is Industry 4.0 the most important economic and social topic for Australia?

Today I spoke at the National Press Club on a topic close to my heart: Industry 4.0.
I opened by saying that the most important topic the nation can focus on is preparing for the 4th industrial revolution – or as the Germans call it, Industrie 4.0.

$2.3 million in grants announced for SA SMEs in defence industry

Four Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grants totalling $2.3 million, and all going to South Australian firms, were announced on Tuesday.   The SICP is a program offering between $50,000 and $1 million in dollar-matched funding to SMEs in defence. The successful firms in this round would use their funding to help investment in specialised tools…

Carnegie Mellon team tackles security issues for networked 3D printers

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a tool for identifying and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in networked 3D printers.   In work funded by the Pittsburgh university’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative, Vyas Sekar and Matthew McCormack have created a system to identify a printer’s security vulnerabilities and identify potential routes of attack.    “For example, it can…

Our ability to manufacture minerals could transform the gem market, medical industries and even help suck carbon from the air

By Anita Parbhakar-Fox, Senior Research Fellow in Geometallurgy/Applied Geochemistry, The University of Queensland and Paul Gow, Principal Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Last month, scientists uncovered a mineral called Edscottite. Minerals are solid, naturally occurring substances that are not living, such as quartz or haematite. This new mineral was discovered after an examination of the…