A new $6 million innovation centre launched by CSIRO is set to give Australian companies more affordable access to metal 3D printing and other emerging additive manufacturing technologies.
CSIRO’s Lab 22 promises to offer huge efficiency and productivity benefits for product development, and will allow companies to ‘try before they buy’ – thereby lowering their capital investment risk.
“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.
“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.”
Australian 3D printing service companies, Made for Me and Keech3D, which both plan to grow their metal 3D printing services, were the first companies to sign up to use Lab 22’s new space, located in Clayton, Victoria.
For more details, or to watch a video about Lab 22, click here.