Issue 18
Monday, 23 October 2017
Charles Darwin University

LightSPEE3D Metal Printer Preview

The Northern Territory has taken the lead in advanced metal manufacturing with the production of a copper flywheel by the world’s first commercial LightSPEE3D metal printer, located at Charles Darwin University.

The 3D printer is at the centre of a new industrial transformation research hub for advanced manufacturing in the Northern Territory, known as the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Lawrence Cram, Darwin Innovation Hub’s Janet Kosic and CDU executive officer Alexandra Murray
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and SPEE3D Chairman Professor Raoul Mortley
General Manager Commercialisation Policy Branch, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science David Wilson and SPEE3D Director Richard Young
Director of Accelerating Commercialisation Larry Lopez and Regional Manager of Northern Territory AusIndustry Tim Hill
The flywheel took 11 minutes and 38 seconds to produce at a cost of $4.60
SPEE3D Lead Mechatronic Engineer Sylvain Laversanne
3D metal printing is now faster and less expensive
The LightSPEE3D printer demonstrates strength, repeatability and mass production capabilities
Richard Young, Professor Raoul Mortley and Sylvain Laversanne look at the flywheels created during the demonstration