03 December 2014

The future of manufacturing

RMIT and CSIRO jointly presented a public seminar on advanced manufacturing as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week in October.

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From left: Jim Grigoriou, Albert Goller, Dr David Haylock, Professor Aleksandar Subic, Professor Milan Brandt, Ticky Fullerton and Dr John Barnes

RMIT and CSIRO jointly presented a public seminar on advanced manufacturing as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week in October.

Over 50 people attended the Building the future: new manufacturing seminar, at RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct on the City campus.

Hosted by ABC presenter, Ticky Fullerton, the breakfast event highlighted new advances in manufacturing and discussed the potential of additive technology, in particular 3D printing.

Both CSIRO and RMIT are working with commercial stakeholders to apply this technology across a range of industries including medical, defence and aerospace companies.

Special guest and former CEO of Siemens, Albert Goller from META (Manufacturing Excellence Taskforce of Australia), spoke about the many opportunities to develop Australia’s capabilities in advanced manufacturing.

Other guest speakers included Dr John Barnes, Director, High Performance Metal Industries, Manufacturing Flagship, CSIRO; Dr David Haylock - Team Leader, Modelling and Mimics, Manufacturing Flagship, CSIRO; and Jim Grigoriou - Business Developing Manager, CSIRO Services.

At the event, Professor Milan Brandt, technical director of RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, highlighted the need for a new approach to manufacturing in his presentation ‘Next Industrial Revolution’ which has been published on RMIT Blog Central.

According to Professor Brandt, when Holden and Ford announced they were ceasing to manufacture cars in Australia, it was possible Victorians, along with those in South Australia, felt the punch hardest.