Building houses in factories for the Commonwealth Games was meant to help the housing crisis. What now?

By Louise Dorignon, RMIT University and Trivess Moore, RMIT University Huge sporting events come with substantial public investment in housing. After Melbourne hosted the 1956 Olympics, about 600 houses in the athlete village became public housing in West Heidelberg. After Melbourne hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the athlete village in Parkville was largely sold off,…

AML3D sells another large 3D printer to US Navy

Additive manufacturing equipment manufacturer AML3D has announced the sale of an industrial-scale ARCEMY ‘X-Edition 6700’ Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) metal 3D printing system to be located at the US Navy’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) in Danville, Virginia. The order, received from AML3D’s value added reseller Philips Corporation, for AML3D’s largest ARCEMY…

Study to develop a solar PV supply chain underway

The Australian PV (photo voltaic) Institute (APVI) will examine opportunities in Australia for the development of elements of solar PV supply chains. The APVI, a non for profit member body that provides data analysis and collaborative research, has already conducted a market assessment report which expressed concern about Australia’s reliance on China for solar PV…

Pacific Energy awarded $2.4 million grant to boost production

The Western Australian government has awarded remote energy generation company Pacific Energy $2.4 million in funding through the Investment Attraction Fund, which the company says will be used to strengthen its renewable energy division’s manufacturing operation and diversify the state’s economy. Pacific Energy said in a statement on Tuesday that the grant recognises its “ability…

AUKUS is supposed to allow for robust technology sharing. The US will need to change its onerous laws first

By Lauren Sanders, The University of Queensland The AUKUS partnership between Australia, the US and the UK isn’t just about nuclear-propelled submarines. It also includes an information exchange agreement related to a number of new advanced technologies. These include cyber capabilities, electronic warfare, quantum technology, hypersonics, artificial intelligence and autonomous military capabilities. Although the partners…

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Archer moves biochip graphene sensor to commercial fab Semiconductor company Archer Materials has announced completion of a proof of concept biosensing graphene transistor for use in its biochip, and submitted the technology design to a commercial foundry to verify scalability. Archer is transferring its first-generation graphene field effect transistor (“gFET”) design to a foundry partner, …

Aukus quantum sensing partnership launched

Quantum infrastructure company Q-CTRL has announced a partnership with the Department of Defence to develop quantum sensors that will deliver quantum assured navigation capability for military platforms. The programme will provide quantum enhanced positioning and navigation capability built on Q-CTRL’s software-ruggedised quantum sensing technology. Quantum-enhanced navigation will deliver the ability for vehicles to position accurately…