Sydney manufacturer Romar Engineering and the CSIRO have jointly invested in a new 3D printer, at the cost of $1.25 million, to produce new advanced manufacturing products for the medical and aerospace sectors.
The German-made Lastertec 3D additive manufacturing machine will enable Romar and CSIRO to work together to conduct industry leading research in the manufacture of medical devices, titanium body implants and components for engines and machines.
The Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Mr Craig Laundy, congratulated Romar Engineering and the CSIRO on establishing a relationship that benefits both organisations in developing advanced manufacturing techniques that work in a global environment.
“Romar Engineering has a strong track record in working with Government and researchers since the business was established in 1968 as a toolmaking and engineering business, servicing the automotive and industrial trade,” Mr Laundy said.
Since its founding, the company has developed and adapted so that it now provides precision manufactured components to the medical, aerospace, aeronautical and other industries.
Mr Laundy further commented that
“CSIRO are committed to collaboration with business as part of their Australia’s Innovation Catalyst Strategy 2020, and to delivering scientific and engineering innovation to transition Australian manufacturing.
“Australia’s manufacturing base remains essential to our future economic growth and prosperity and must continue to transform to deliver advanced manufacturing products and processes.”
The sector is a large employer, accounting for approximately 900,000 jobs and over a quarter of business expenditure on research and development. It goes without saying that the sector is important and must seek long-term success by innovating and adding-value both locally and internationally.
The government is supporting the transition by encouraging collaboration and the commercialisation of research through initiatives such as the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.
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