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Nobel Laureates – Printing New Boundaries

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Melbourne-based metal additive manufacturing company Amiga Engineering is pushing 3D printing in Australia to its technical limits, educating practitioners on what is possible….

Expert artisans with hands-on experience are the fundamental drivers of innovation in Australia’s SME sector. In the constantly-evolving world of additive manufacturing, more colloquially known as “3D printing” Amiga Engineering’s founder, Michael Bourchier, is one of Australia’s leading technical experts.
Currently, the company’s workshop has the largest additive manufacturing facility, with the most diverse range of equipment, in Australia, with Bourchier claiming Amiga may be the biggest player in Oceania, producing parts for the health, aerospace, defence, and automotive sectors.

Amiga also operates as a CNC machine shop producing computer-cut parts for manufacturers, including highly-complex five-axis machining, a process in which the cutter is programmed to simultaneously cut on three linear, and two rotating axes.

This has given the company an insight into how machine faces and critical components impact the end use, learning from trial and error on the leeway needed between what is computer correct, and the reality of how the part will sit within a larger system.

Additive manufacturing involves a high-skill base to produce highly-specific individual parts that are too cumbersome, or wasteful to produce using traditional manufacturing methods. It also allows for prototyping, and product development
cycles to rapidly speed up. As such, it is an area of manufacturing that Australia can compete in globally without being stacked against the low-wage models of other manufacturing heavyweights.

Amiga is at the forefront of what can be manufactured using 3D printing, and Bourchier is particularly excited about the potential to shape materials like titanium, one of Australia’s natural resources, and engineered alloys, including Inconel 718, 316SS, 17-4PH, Aluminium, H13 Tool steel and others.

Bourchier and Amiga were able to reengineer a 4kg part for a large drone, getting the weight down to 800 grams, dramatically increasing flight times…

See below complete E-book, and Amiga’s article on page 569

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