Titomic process makes super-strong titanium parts

A $2.6 million aerospace structure research project has revealed the higher strength titanium of components made using Titomic’s (ASX: TTT) metal 3D printing technology. The research by RMIT, CSIRO and the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre (IMCRC) tested parts made with the Titomic Kinetic Fusion process (TKF). The TKF process is based on CSIRO technology.…

Cochlear builds in China, develops new implant

Bionic ear manufacturer Cochlear (ASX: COH) is pressing ahead building a new factory in China and moving to human trials of a breakthrough new fully implantable cochlear device. Chairman Rick Holliday-Smith told Cochlear’s annual general meeting that ‘sound’ progress had been made developing its new Chinese manufacturing facility in Chengdu (pictured). He said the project…

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.

NZ company develops face recognition for sheep

By Stuart Corner A Dunedin based company, Iris Data Science, aims to develop what it says will be the world’s first sheep facial recognition software, eliminating the need for electronic identification or ear tagging. It will prototype the technology this year after receiving a $40,000 grant from the New Zealand Government’s innovation agency, Callaghan Innovation,…