Australia’s manufacturing sector has been invigorated with the launch of the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC).
Manufacturing is an essential part of Australia’s knowledge economy and innovation ecosystem.
Through the IMCRC, manufacturers will be able to capitalise on emerging opportunities.
The IMCRC will collaborate with manufacturing businesses, research organisations, industry associations and government.
It will invest in partnerships that support innovation to ensure Australian industry can meet the challenges and opportunities of the global economy.
The IMCRC is charged with building industry networks and directly engaging with manufacturers to provide a focal point for innovative businesses.
It is also responsible for supporting small to medium sized manufacturing businesses to make the investment decisions needed to access new markets through new models and global supply chains.
Three IMCRC industry participants have, so far, developed project agreements for university-aligned projects, having met the required criteria for outcome-based research.
One of them is Melbourne-based start-up SPEE3D, which is partnering with the University of Technology Sydney on a three-year, A$1.1 million research project (inclusive of an IMCRC grant of A$350,000) that advances and fully automates SPEE3D’s current 3D metal printer, making it faster, cheaper and viable for large-scale manufacturing.
Another is Urban Arts Project Australia which is partnering with RMIT Universityand QUT on a five-year, A$8 million research project (inclusive of an IMCRC grant of A$1.5 million) to use innovative robotic vision systems and software user-interfaces to reduce the integration time between design and custom manufacturing.