Developed by Fill, the world's first industrial-grade 3D printing “multi-layer” technology is used in the manufacture of carbon fiber composite materials, which form the core of Swinburne's test laboratory.
Swinburne University (Melbourne, Australia) is establishing the world's first carbon composites manufacturing industry 4.0 testing laboratory as part of its breakthrough research in digital manufacturing processes.
At the heart of Swinburne's Industry 4.0 testing laboratory is the world's first industrial-grade 3D printed "multi-layer" carbon fiber composite manufacturing technology. The technology was developed by the world-leading Austrian engineering company Fill (in Gurten, Austria).
This unique multi-layer printing technology developed by Fill will enable the production of carbon fiber commercial parts at a lower cost, with minimal waste and increased production capacity. The company's multi-tiered machine design can build individual stacking geometries in any direction. The short cycle time design allows integration during injection molding or molding. This means that the part design is highly flexible and the machine's precise position system can achieve near-net shape and minimum waste.
The multi-layer process represents a major change in digital technology, which will enable Swinburne to establish the first mature industrial 4.0 carbon fiber composite product testing laboratory in Australia.
Prof. Aleksandar Subic, Vice President of Swinburne University, said that new generations of materials such as carbon fiber composites are at the heart of Swinburne's Industry 4.0 test lab and future factories. Subic said, "The strategic cooperation with Fill is particularly important to us because it enables us to introduce the unique 3D printing technology of composite products to the laboratory and make this process fully automated."
Swinburne’s initiative to set up an Industry 4.0 test laboratory received a $135 million industrial digitalization grant from the engineering giant Siemens a few months later to digitize its plant and create Australia’s first fully immersed industrial 4.0 facility. .