Issue 12
Monday, 31 July 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Chief Minister Michael Gunner (left) and Steven Camilleri, inventor of the LightSPEE3D Printer
Chief Minister Michael Gunner (left) and Steven Camilleri, inventor of the LightSPEE3D Printer

3D printer to transform manufacturing

A world-first commercial 3D printer with the potential to revolutionise manufacturing technology will be based at Casuarina campus.

In announcing Northern Territory Government funding for the project, Chief Minister Mr Michael Gunner said the printer would form the centrepiece of a new industrial research hub on the campus.

The hub would pave the way for the creation of jobs into the future for Territorians as well as generate new economic opportunities in the NT. The printer allows for the rapid and low-cost production of metal parts without the need for tools.

Mr Gunner recently joined Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks to announce a $400,000 NT Government grant for the purchase of the LightSPEE3D Printer from Darwin innovative start-up company SPEE3D. It was invented in the NT by SPEE3D’s Steven Camilleri.

“By diversifying the economy through innovation we are opening the door to new economic opportunities for Territorians,” Mr Gunner said.

The research hub was expected to deliver new tools, skills and technologies, and generate highly skilled jobs in the NT.

Together with CDU, SPEE3D has formed the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (AMA) based at Casuarina campus.

Professor Maddocks said the AMA also would work to develop applications for the use of the new technology in remote areas – improving supply chains and lowering operating costs.

He congratulated the NT Government for its critical role in bringing the project to fruition.