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University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide (UoA) Additive Manufacturing Capability Overview

UoA additive manufacturing research is delivered through the collaboration between the School of electrical and Mechanical Engineering (SEME) and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) of the University of Adelaide. In addition to metal printing, the SEME has a dedicated AM-3D printing lab for polymeric based materials with a range of printers.

Additive Manufacturing

We conduct high quality research that covers the cutting edge in Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM). In addition, IPAS has capabilities in printing glasses for applications in advanced sensing and detection field.

Our fundamental and applied research is aligned with aerospace and medical applications particularly in dental and orthopaedic (prosthesis industry) industry both in selecting the biocompatible alloys, e.g., Ti-alloys and adaptable topologies, e.g., lattices. In this regard, the emphasis is concentrated on;

  1. Structural design & modelling

  2. Process optimisation

  3. Alloy design & development

  4. Characterization (Mechanical, metrological, chemical & microstructural)


  • Training and education of Higher Degree Research (HDR) students

  • Printing and characterization of a range of advanced materials, such as titanium alloys, stainless steels, Ni-based alloys

  • Presentations in International Conferences, like TMS

  • Publications in respected materials journals

  • Creating a knowledge centre on L-PBF of advanced engineering alloys


The Materials Group at SEME has access to 3D metal printing facilities including on-Campus 3D Systems ProX200

  • Build volume: 140mm X 140mm X 100mm

  • Build materials: Stainless Steel, Tool Steel, Titanium Alloy, Cobalt Chromium

    Alloy, Aluminium Alloy, Inconel

The University of Adelaide purchased three Renishaw 400 pulsed laser printers a few years back which were operated and maintained by a Melbourne-based 3D printing Company. The three machines will be transferred to Flinders University shortly. We are expecting to have access as we used the facilities while was managed by Melbourne-based company.

We have access to 5-Axis ultrasonic and HSC milling housed at IPAS at North Terrace campus. It is capable of

  • Simultaneous 5-axis machining

  •  Latest ultrasonic technology

  •  High positioning accuracy

  •  Surface finish: Ra <0.1μm

  •  Work piece size: 200 X Ø 200mm

The materials labs have the state-of-the-art metallography preparation facilities including Struers automatic mounting, grinding and polishing machines. There are a range of optical microscopes (macro & micro imagers) including the Zeiss AXIO Imager.M2m optical microscope.

In addition to printing facilities for metals and polymers, The University of Adelaide has a state of art nano-characterization facilities at Adelaide Microscopy;

For further information, please contact Reza Ghomashchi or one of the researchers below:

Reza Ghomashchi, (Advanced Materials & Characterization)

Prof. Zonghan Xie, (Surface engineering and Advanced coatings)

Prof. Andrei Kotousov, (structural Integrity)

A/Prof. Ling Yin, (Ceramics and dental materials)

Dr. Yujie Chen (Quantum materials)

University of Adelaide
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