Upskilling the digital workforce – by Craig Lockhart

Australian manufacturing is racing towards digitisation, and none moreso than in naval shipbuilding. Here, Craig Lockhart explains progress being made in developing a digital shipyard to construct Australia’s new Hunter class frigates. BAE Systems is progressing the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigate and building a critical industrial capability that will contribute to keeping our…

Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

3D Metalforge places itself in liquidation 3D printing bureau 3D Metalforge has placed itself and its Singapore operating subsidiaries in voluntary administration. Directors voted to propose voluntary administration to creditors for the Australian listed parent company and, separately, for liquidation of its Singapore subsidiaries 3D Metalforge Pte Ltd and 3D Matters Pte Ltd. No reasons…

Ampcontrol part of novel wound care collaboration

Engineering firm Ampcontrol has shared some details of its latest project, developing wound care solutions in a recently-announced $5.67 million, three-year collaboration with Whiteley Corporation, University of Newcastle, and Western Sydney University. Ampcontrol has its roots in the mining sector, but has diversified into projects ranging from radar systems to electric vehicle charging to renewable…

19 companies supported in CRC-P grants

Electrifying aviation is just one of manufacturing opportunities being supported through the latest round of the federal government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) programme. Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic today announced $44 million in grants for Australian companies to support 19 collaborative projects researchers and innovators . One of the 19 grant recipients,…

Collaborative project yields “world-first” geotechnical sensor

A project between Geoinventions Consulting Services and Griffith University has yielded a multi-function connected sensor for geotechnical monitoring, which has been patented ahead of production on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The new product “revolutionise traditional geotechnical monitoring,” said David Chuter, Managing Director of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, which sponsored the collaborative project through its activate program.…

Holiday defence industry news briefs – stories you might have missed

Canberra reaffirms nuclear submarines will be built in Australia The federal government has reaffirmed that Australia will announce a decision to construct nuclear powered submarines locally in the first quarter of this year. Asked about concerns by US lawmakers that Australia’s needs could stress American supply chains, defence minister Richard Marles said Australian industry would…