Archer graphite tested in li-ion batteries

Archer Materials has successfully made high-value coated spherical graphite (CSG) from its Campoona graphite mine on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and tested it in lithium-ion battery prototypes. The company told investors it had used commercially available amorphous carbon to coat the spherical graphite which was derived from flake graphite mined 220 kilometres north-west of Adelaide.…

Robot manufacture gets underway in Toowoomba

The promise of direct digital manufacturing using 3D printers is coming alive in Toowoomba, Queensland as a local start-up prepares to produce a low-cost robotic arm under licence from Las Vegas-based Haddington Dynamics. DCISIV Technologies (pronounced Decisive) is putting the finishing touches to a micro-factory (below) of 3D printers to manufacture Haddington’s DexterHDI robotic arm…

Valiant Space successfully tests new rocket engine

Australian rocket company, Valiant Space, has successfully fired its ‘Momentum’ liquid fueled rocket engine, claimed to be the first commercially developed such engine in Australian history. The engine was ignited on 15 March at Beyond the Blue Aerospace’s launch and test facility, Funny Farm Space, north of Goondiwindi, Queensland. Black Sky Aerospace, known for their…