Advanced Manufacturing

The pressing demand in Australia for reliable, cost-effective and high-value added products is driving manufacturing innovation, and the development of new materials and structures, and characterisation technologies. 

3D printing

Currently, manufacturing plays an essential role in driving Australia towards a diverse, innovative and globally oriented economy, to date worth $97.7billion.

This is expected to increase in value of at least 25% by 2026.

As a result, our researchers are developing new processes and characterisation techniques for state-of-the-art materials and structures applied in energy, mining, space, defence, agricultural and biomedical industries. 

We focus on three critical areas of research:

Our research and its impact on society

Our Advanced Manufacturing researchers are working closely with industry to address some of the world’s greatest challenges. For example, we are:

  • transforming graphene’s utility by using it for fire-resistant coatings, biosensors, electronic and communication components, and specialised multi-use composites
  • analysing and improving construction materials to detect and prevent fatigue and damage, helping to prevent failure and lower risk
  • providing sustainable alternatives to classic building and construction materials to address the energy requirements needed to create such materials.

COVID-19 reviving Australia's manufacturing industry

UofA researchers are collaborating with 3D printing company AML3D to conduct fatigue behaviour studies of their 3D-printed metal structures for the maritime, defence and aerospace, mining, energy, chemicals, and oil/gas industries.

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Image: AML3D

Our research capabilities


Although our Advanced Manufacturing research has broad application across all industries, we have particularly strong research partnerships in several key sectors. These include:

  • medical technology
  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • space
  • defence.

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Associate Professor Ling Yin is the research theme leader for Advanced Manufacturing. Her research focuses on multiscale manufacturing and characterization of advanced materials for their applications in optics, semiconductors, mechanical structures, dental restorations, osteoporosis/osteoarthritis studies, and marine/animal sciences.

A/Prof Yin's research and projects

Higher degrees by research

Whether you intend to work in research or industry, a higher degree by research can give you a competitive edge throughout your career. Find out more about studying a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

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