What is the construction industry trying to learn from advanced manufacturing?

Techniques borrowed from the world of manufacturing could make the building industry more “efficient, connected and customer-centric.” Brent Balinski spoke to Monash University’s Professor Mathew Aitchison about the topic, as well as why prefabricated housing is a tricky business.   Those who study it have sometimes lamented the low levels of productivity growth and technology…

Gilmour Space prepares to launch Ariel rocket

Gilmour Space Technologies is preparing to launch its second Ariel-class suborbital rocket, One Vision, to flight test the company’s hybrid rocket engine and mobile launch capability. The rollout of the new rocket, reported by @AuManufacturing in February, has been followed by a period of increased activity for the company. Gilmour Space CEO, Adam Gilmour said:…

Titomic advances in defence additive manufacturing

Metals additive manufacturing technology company Titomic (ASX: TTT) has passed a substantial milestone successfully completing a trial order for a US defence customer. The company, which is commercialising a CSIRO-derived 3D printing process known as Titomic Kinetic Fusion, completed the order for defence company TAUV Intelligent Armour Systems. Under a $300,000 phase 1 contract, Titomic…

Titanium is the perfect metal to make replacement human body parts

By Laichang Zhang, Professor Mechanical Engineering, Edith Cowan University Titanium gets its name from the Titans of ancient Greek mythology but this thoroughly modern material is well suited to a huge range of high-tech applications. With the chemical symbol Ti and an atomic number of 22, titanium is a silver-coloured metal valued for its low density, high strength, and…