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The Australian Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program announced funding for a joint project with Plataine

The Australian Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program announced funding for a joint project with Plataine, led by Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, to research techniques for manufacturing high volume, lightweight composites. Plataine is one of four international partners collaborating with Swinburne on the project, which will use a world-first process for 3D printing of industrial scale composites in Swinburne’s Industry 4.0 Testlab.

The research project, led by Swinburne’s Professor Bronwyn Fox, will develop products for the Aerospace and Automotive sectors, where there is a growing requirement for high volume composites with digital ID. As a growing industry in Australia, carbon fiber composite manufacturing is opening up new export markets. To compete globally, Australian manufacturers must get production rates up and costs down with new manufacturing automation and digitization technologies.

Swinburne has established a global partnership network for Industry 4.0 research including Australian, German, Israeli and Austrian companies. The support from Global Innovation Linkages will expand the program’s scope, using IIoT technologies to push back the boundaries of automated carbon fiber parts production.

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