The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) is at the forefront of additive manufacturing research and infrastructure, solving manufacturing challenges and creating collaborative opportunities across a broad range of disciplines. With facilities including the Herston Bio-fabrication Institute (HBI), which specialises in expertise and technology in 3D scanning, 3D modelling and 3D printing of medical devices, bone, cartilage and human tissue, UQ offers advanced manufacturing capabilities, innovative product design, and manufacturing flexibility.
UQ's Centre of Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) builds on this expertise, with world-leading capabilities in additive manufacturing across a range of materials, including polymers, metals and ceramics. AMPAM researchers are developing new customised 3D printable metal alloys and affordable, high-speed 3D printing technologies. In 2023, AMPAM supported an ARC Future Fellow to work in this space across a range of polymeric materials to develop new technologies suitable for producing engineering ceramics through 3D printing. AMPAM has state-of-the-art facilities in Laser Direct Energy Deposition, Laser Powder Bed Fusion and Wire Direct Energy Deposition, providing capabilities ranging from the production of bespoke and intricate medical devices through to large industrial parts up to 750kg. This capability has grown through UQ's participation in large industry research hubs, including the former ARC Research Hub for Transforming Australia's Manufacturing Industry through High-Value Additive Manufacturing and the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices. AMPAM is collaborating with national and international industry end-users and other Australian universities to facilitate the adoption of advanced metal 3D printing technologies.
UQ's commitment to additive manufacturing has been bolstered by the recent appointment of Mr Nunzio Cristaudo as the Associate Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Enterprise Research Partnerships, workings at the interface of industry, government and universities to drive value for those stakeholders from UQ research. This work will be across verticals, including critical minerals, cellular therapies, food and agriculture and defence and other enabling sectors.