Aurora Labs achieves high power laser 3D printing

Metal additive manufacturing producer Aurora Labs (A3D) has successfully completed the third milestone in the technology development pathway of its 3D printers. The company reported it has achieved 1.5kW laser printing power which is in excess of competitors. Its RMP-1 Beta prototype achieved reliable printing at that power while maintaining part integrity and quality standards…

Record quarter for Lynas Rare Earths

Lynas Rare Earths is benefitting from the critical nature of its products to high technology products, reporting record June quarter sales revenue of $185.9 million and sales receipts of $192 million. The Western Australian producer reported sustained demand for Lynas Neodymium-Praseodymium (NdPr) products and strong market pricing as governments outside China seek to diversify supply…

Pact and Cleanaway to recycle food grade plastics

Packaging group Pact Group and waste processing company Cleanaway today announced they would build Australia’s largest post-consumer polyethylene recycling plant converting locally collected kerbside materials into high quality food grade rHDPE and rPP resin. The $38 million project to be constructed at Laverton, Victoria will accelerate the inclusion of locally processed recycled resin into food,…

Composites’ big future in defence products – by Jennifer Conley

By Jennifer Conley A new study into Australian carbon fibre capabilities will help drive sovereign manufacturing development for future defence projects. Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong members were among more than 50 leading firms, academics and industry groups interviewed for the comprehensive report. The study, commissioned and supported by DMTC, formerly known as the Defence Materials…

Saving through smarter energy use – a future for our coal regions by James Bradley

With @AuManufacturing’s Saving through smarter energy use series coming to an end, we look at the big question for regional Australia – how to replace fossil fuels such as coal. Here James Bradley looks to a future for NSW’s Hunter region. With the largest coal export port in the southern hemisphere, it is no secret…