Carbon Revolution is a poster boy of the global automotive industry with its ability to manufacture a single-piece carbon fibre composite road wheel for performance vehicles made by the likes of Renault, Ferrari and Ford.
But it is also showing the benefits of collaboration between industry and cutting edge public sector research and facilitation – long known as a weakness in Australia’s economy.
The company and Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials started on a joint research project in 2018 facilitated by the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC).
Since then the partners have:
- Developed raw materials such as resin and fibre
- Created unique advanced processes
- Automated and industrialised the research in a commercial environment
- And are integrating intelligent manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies.
Carbon Revolution has been on a path of continuous improvement and Deakin researchers have gained insights into manufacturing as they are embedded in the Carbon Revolution development and manufacturing centre in Waurn Ponds near Geelong.
Now the partners have released a video showing how collaboration has accelerated the R&D, reduced lead times, and reduced non value add administration between the industry partner and research organisation.
Imagery: Deakin Research
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