CSIRO opens $6m metal 3D printing centre

CSIRO has unveiled a $6 million metal 3D printing centre in Victoria called Lab 22 which is designed to help Australian businesses use the technology without breaking the bank.

“This advanced equipment is in the range of $1 million per unit, but the vast majority of small and medium-sized businesses don’t have that amount of capital on-hand to take a leap of faith on a new or emerging technology,” said CSIRO additive manufacturing research leader, Alex Kingsbury in a statement.

“We’re providing Australian companies with a unique opportunity to access some of the most advanced additive manufacturing equipment with the help of our experienced technical experts, for a comparatively minimal daily fee.”

According to Kingsbury, companies will be able to try out the metal 3D printing equipment, design or test new products and up skill their staff.

Cold spray deposition technology, laser heat treatment, surface engineering and advanced machinery are also available for use by companies.

Australian 3D printing service companies, Made for Me and Keech3D, have signed up to use Lab 22’s space.

A CSIRO spokeswoman said that it offers different tiers for engagement.

"Cost varies and is flexible depending on the needs of the company," she said.

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