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.
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:
Development of new materials. For instance we have pioneered 3D printing of biomimetic hard tissues and structured titanium alloys for surgical planning and training, including medical and dental applications, in collaboration with Fusetec and the University of Adelaide Medical School.
Testing the performance characterisation of materials and structures, such as fatigue behaviour studies of 3D-printed metal structures, in collaboration with AML3D, who manufacture rapid production of metal structures for the maritime, defence and aerospace industries.
Our focus on advanced processing and synthesis sees us working on projects such as biomimetic coating for high wear resistance of materials, which has a wide spectrum of applications in both industrial sectors, and medicine and dentistry.
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.
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.
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
Associated research centres and institutes
- Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources
- ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation
- Centre for Automotive Safety Research
- Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking
- Centre for High Performance Integrated Technologies and Systems
- Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre
- Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
- Teletraffic Research Centre
- Australian Institute for Machine Learning
- Centre for Energy Technology
- Centre of Materials for Energy and Catalysis
- Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
- Institute for Minerals and Energy Resources
- Silanna picoFAB Facility
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.