AML3D to 3D print lifting device for Austal shipbuilding

Additive Manufacturing technology company AML3D has received a purchase order from Perth-based international shipbuilder Austal to produce a prototype Davit arm lifting device for mounting on its ships. The contract follows a MOU signed by Austal and AML3D as as reported by @AuManufacturing news. AML3D has now completed the design and optimisation phase of the…

Highlights from the 4th International Forum on Additive Manufacturing 

By RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and Centre for Additive Manufacture The 4th International Forum on Additive Manufacturing, delivered virtually on 9 September, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia proved by all accounts to be a great success.  The Forum general chair Professor Milan Brandt of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, RMIT University attracted a number of international,…

Glaciem wins engineering award for CO2 Refrigeration

South Australia’s Glaciem Cooling Technologies has won the state’s Engineering Excellence Award and been named as Sir William Hudson Award finalist. The company was recognised for several technologies based on research at the University of South Australia. Their air-cooled CO2 refrigeration system has been operating at The Bend Motorsport Park, about 100km southeast of Adelaide,…

1414 Degrees looks to add batteries to silicon energy storage

Thermal energy storage developer 1414 Degrees has evaluated its TESS molten silicon technology for energy storage under scenarios linked to additional battery storage. The company, which is developing the Silicon Aurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia, found the project would generate higher revenues by combining thermal (TESS) and battery enetrgy (BESS) storage. The…

Graphene strengthens composites in trials with Fremantle boat builder

ASX-listed First Graphene has announced a successful trial of graphene powders incorporated into composite construction materials with collaborator Ascent Shipwrights.   According to the Perth-based graphene supplier, initial test work incorporating different proportions of graphene at 0.25, 0.5 and 1 per cent into a fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) laminate showed improvements in ultimate flexural strength.  …

NBN to make fibre available to 90% of businesses

By Grahame Lynch The federal government will today announce an ambitious plan to make point-to-point fibre-on-demand services available to 700,000 businesses across 240 zones, including 85 in regional Australia. The government estimates this will reach 90 per cent of Australian businesses. The plan will also see Enterprise Ethernet products offered to regional businesses at Zone…

Woolworths adopts data-rich 2DBarcodes

Australian retailers are adopting data-rich 2DBarcodes supplied by non-profit group GS1 Australia to replace traditional barcodes which utilise only Variable Measure Numbers (VMN). Woolworths has adopted the content-rich codes on fresh foods beginning with meat and poultry, providing information on product batch and lot numbers, serial numbers, best before dates, use-by dates, pack dates and…