About metallic additive manufacturing

Metallic additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is the fastest growing manufacturing technology globally. The metallic additive manufacturing market is set to be worth $10bn by 2030.

Unlike traditional metal manufacturing methods such as CNC machining, casting or forging, metallic additive manufacturing involves depositing material to make 3D objects directly from CAD files. The most well-known method is a layer-by-layer powder bed process, using a laser to sinter (weld) metal.

Lab 22: adding a new dimension to 3D printing

At Lab22 we’re working on exciting future developments in metallic additive manufacturing. Our innovations are creating value for Australia’s manufacturing industry.

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Complete design freedom

Using this 3D printing process, novel and complex products can be easily customised, upgraded from existing designs, or reinvented altogether. The next generation manufacturing technology offers manufacturers creative solutions to challenging industrial issues, many of which have been impossible to solve using traditional manufacturing methods.

About Lab22

Our Lab22 Innovation Centre is one of Australia’s leading centres for metallic additive manufacturing, with broad expertise and capability in metallic additive manufacturing. Since 2015 more than 4,000 people have visited Lab22 to see metallic additive manufacturing demonstrated and better understand the benefits it offers over traditional subtractive manufacturing.

The lab has worked with companies across the biomedical, defence, aerospace and sports manufacturing industries, demonstrating that metal additive manufacturing is not only clean, efficient and cost-effective, but can cut build times from days to hours.

Key achievements

Working with companies like Oventus Medical, Anatomics, Titomic, Worley, Thales and the Australian Submarine Corporation, Lab22 has demonstrated the benefits of metal additive manufacturing to Australian industry and helped stimulate investment in the technology.

In addition to supporting existing companies in their transition from traditional subtractive manufacturing to cleaner, more efficient and cost-effective additive manufacturing processes, the lab’s world-leading researchers have developed innovative 3D printing technologies that have resulted in the creation of new technologies for companies, such as Titomic, and supported the growth of start-ups such as Oventus Medical.

Working with Monash University, Lab22 helped to create and promote Australia’s first Additive Manufacturing Hub, generously supported by the Victorian Government and led by AMTIL. The Additive Manufacturing Hub has taken responsibility for promoting additive manufacturing and stimulating industry adoption of additive manufacturing technology in Australia.

Future directions

Lab22 is ramping up its research and development (R&D) with a renewed focus on the innovation needed to underpin a growing additive manufacturing sector.

Exciting future developments we’re working on include new innovative materials and additive manufacturing techniques for the Space, Defence and Medical Industries. We’ll help manufacturers optimise build parameters for difficult-to-make products and better predict product performance characteristics. We’ll explore the potential for metal-matrix composites, develop robotic free-form additive manufacture and design computational models for additive manufacturing processes. These innovations will help support a growing Australian additive manufacturing sector and provide local businesses with a globally competitive edge.

We provide research and technology expertise to manufacturers using metal additive manufacturing in their daily operations, and as the technology becomes more widespread, our researchers will use innovative science to meet any challenges that arise.

Through Lab22, we’re creating value for Australia’s manufacturing industry.

How to engage with us

We form partnerships in a variety of flexible ways, including through research partnerships, researcher placements, consultancy services and commercialisation of our IP. For more information on our work with industry and how to engage with us, visit our webpage.

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We partner with small and large companies, government and industry in Australia and around the world.

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