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

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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 and AML3D are demonstrating the rapid production of a critical Submarine Valve in Nickel Aluminium Bronze (pictured below) at the Submarine Conference (SubSTEC6) now underway in Adelaide.

Micro-X’s miniature baggage scanner is being developed under contract to the U.S Department of Homeland Security Department, which aims to transform passenger screening at airports.

Their proposed self-service security screening station for airport passengers will combine the traditional, sequential airport checkpoint processes into a single consolidated module.

The compact design utilises Micro-X’s carbon fibre nanotube X-ray technology and is scalable, deployable, and is being designed to integrate into a future re-imaged airport checkpoint.

Meanwhile Grant Tinney, founder of STARKE advanced manufacturing group, which owns QPE, revealed the project and the finished part produced by the company’s Adelaide plant.

The submarine valve was produced utilising AML3D’s wire added manufacturing process (WAM) as opposed to the traditional casting/pattern/casting route.

Tinney said: “The exercise, an unquestionable success, demonstrated the speed to market and part quality of this process versus traditional methods.”

QPE delivers advanced component manufacturing, assembly, validation and through life support to a range of industries, and has significant sovereign capability in the manufacture of critical naval components.

AML3D is a pioneer of Wire Additive Manufacturing, and has supplied prototypes to numerous naval programs including to BAE Systems Maritime which is constructing the Hunter class frigates.

Picture: micro-X

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