The CSIRO has announced the opening of a new titanium additive manufacturing facility that will be used for the development of advanced titanium parts for aerospace, medical, automotive and manufacturing applications.


The facility houses the country’s first Arcam additive manufacturing machine, which uses an electron beam to fuse metal powders into complex shapes layer by layer. The system can create three-dimensional parts from metals, including titanium, alloys, nickel and hard steel alloys.


"Additive manufacturing is an emerging technology capable of changing the future of manufacturing in Australia and we are keen to facilitate the adoption of new technologies which will benefit Australian businesses," Director of CSIRO's Future Manufacturing Flagship Swee Mak said.


"We have invested in a suite of technologies and research, which combined with our links with RMIT and Monash University, provide industry a unique opportunity to explore and engage in forward-thinking design and production techniques."


The titanium research facility will be showcased to industry at an ‘open house' event on December 5 at CSIRO's Clayton site.