Products from Micro-X, QPE Machining and AML3D go on public display

Three innovative Australian manufacturers are revealing their products to the public this week – X-ray emitter manufacturer Micro-X, QPE Advanced Machining and additive manufacturing group AML3D. Micro-X is displaying its prototype self-service security screening station for airport passengers (pictured) at the RSNA 2021 conference in Chicago which features the latest innovations in radiology. And QPE…

Swinburne aims for better planes, rockets, drones and flying taxis

Swinburne University of Technology is launching an Australian-first Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) with the support of $12 million in funding from the Victorian Government’s Higher Education State Investment Fund. The AIR Hub will bring together the best of Victoria’s aerospace research, design and manufacturing leaders to work with industry on real world design…

Are we planning to be a buyer or a maker – by Barry Hendy

Robotics and automation leader Barry Hendy is scratching his head about why Australia is investing in outdated, often overseas submarine and heavy rail technologies when technological change offers ways for Australian industry to leapfrog ahead, and become an exporter rather than an importer. We have long lamented the demise of the Australian car industry and…

Army progresses autonomous truck development

A $3.5 million Australian Army project to develop a convoy of autonomous trucks that use technology to ‘follow the leader’, reducing the need for troops and the risks they face, has successfully completed a series of road trials. The autonomous leader-follower vehicle technology, using modified Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles–Australia (RMMV-A) trucks, was developed under a contract…

CSIRO spin-out Quasar is building world-leading satellite tech

By Rachel Bolton One of the great joys of scientific innovation is looking at an existing technology and envisioning a completely novel application outside its original purpose. Quasar Satellite Technologies is a rather elegant example of just that. The new Australian startup is reimagining the application of phased array feeds, originally designed for astronomy and space…