We have gathered together a number of case studies from our Additive Manufacturing Community around the country, these are listed under the various industry headings below.If you would like to list your Case Study please contact John Croft at amhub@amtil.com.au


Jetting off with 3D printing

These 3D-printed jet engines (one has featured at the International Air Show in Avalon) prove that test parts can be produced in days instead of months.

Using Lab22’s Arcam Electron Beam Melting printer in combination with cold spray technology, a range of engine components were made with a new titanium metal powder developed by CSIRO. The powder performs better than previously used products and is also cheaper to use.

Projects like this help put Australia at the forefront of the global aerospace industry and attract the attention of international companies looking to create stronger ties with Australian manufacturing.

Monash University’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing led the project in collaboration with CSIRO’s Lab 22 and Deakin University, with funding support from the Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF).

Read more about 3D printed jet engines.


Digitally cloning a 1914 Delage Type S engine block 

CSIRO’s Lab22 was approached by an Australian car enthusiast who was painstakingly restoring a 1914 Delage Type S that also happens to be the only one left in the world. The Delage was a revolutionary racing car for its time, boasting the latest innovations in automotive technology.

Sadly after 103 years the engine block was looking a little worse for wear. The team at Lab22 was asked to help make a new one. But just how do you clone a 1914 engine block without detailed plans or traditional manufacturing methods? With sand of course, and a Voxeljet VX1000 3D sand printer!

Read more about using 3D printing to restore a 1914 Delage


Triple Eight Race Engineering revs up production thanks to HP Multi Jet technology

A racing car steering wheel is an assembly that typically includes three parts: an armature and grip (rim), or the part that the driver holds to steer the car (this is typically made from a strong metal like a magnesium alloy); the hub and quick-release mechanism, which connects the armature to the steering column; and various switchgear and lights that are mounted to the armature or hub and allow to driver to exert control and receive information about the state of the car.

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Rapid prototyping for the Hawkei

Albins Performance Transmissions approached CSIRO’s Lab22 to see if they could make a casting mould for Thales Australia’s Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle within two days.

Using Lab22’s Voxeljet VX1000 3D sand printer the additive manufacturing researchers were able to deliver a cast prototype part within a week. The delivered part had the same grain structure and material properties as the production design.

Read more about how 3D printing was used to cut a prototype build from weeks to days


Aurea Avionics

The Seeker unmanned aerial system (UAS) is the most advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platform designed to meet the critical requirements expected in demanding environments. With virtually no infrastructure needed to deploy the system, its dual EO/IR stabilized payload delivers real-time imagery, making the Seeker a lightweight ISR solution. ISR is essential in all military operations because it provides necessary information to make efficient and timely decisions. Aurea Avionics designs high-precision ISR systems, and its versatile solutions help protect strategic positions during military missions abroad.

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Aldora UAV

The original idea of manufacturing the prototype was through ribs. Wood and carbon fiber would be used since these materials are light and resistant. For the outer shape we thought about the expanded polystyrene milling, but due to the thickness of the profiles we use, which is too small to make the flight more efficient, it was impossible to mill the material and the only way to achieve the shape we were looking for was making molds which were more expensive. In addition, the number of hours we had to invest were not viable considering that for each iteration we had to create a new mold and because of this we decided to discard this idea.

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Putting sleep aponea to bed with a 3D printed mouthguard

CSIRO’s Lab22 worked with dental company Oventus to help over a million Aussies suffering from sleep apnoea breathe easy and stop snoring.

The team of additive manufacturing experts created the first 3D printed mouth piece, which allows air to flow through to the back of the throat, avoiding obstructions from the nose, the back of the mouth and tongue. Is there anything 3D printing can’t do?

Read about how 3D printing is opening new doors for sleep aponea treatment.



Each patient could require between 10 and 15 treatment steps, and each treatment step consists of three dental arch aligners per jaw. The whole treatment requires the use of approximately 30 aligners and 10 molds to produce the aligners. Each aligner is produced with three different thicknesses as different strengths are required for each step. The single aligners are produced by thermoforming them on the 3D printed molds. In the end, an average complex case consists of 60 to 70 aligners and 20 to 30 molds for such an alignment treatment. The cost savings achieved in each alignment treatment is about 450€ to 900€ per treatmentProductivity is increased compared with other 3D Printing technologies. Using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, output has increased fourfold to more than 100 pairs per day.

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OSSTEM IMPLANT Brings Dental Care to the Next Level

Today, human beings live longer than ever before. With a growing elderly population, healthcare, including dental care, has become increasingly important. OSSTEM IMPLANT, a leading dental implant manufacturer, has introduced 3D printing technology into their workflow. Powered by Materialise Magics software, they offer patients the highest quality and most innovative dental implant products.

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Bowman International

Bowman is the 3rd market player for bearing cages. The first two are SKF and SRB. These two competitors have not adopted 3D printing yet, they are bigger companies than Bowman and thus change is more difficult. Moreover, they have a lot of experience producing the aluminum bearing cages and are improving the design, but getting only 5% more productivity while Bowman is getting up to 40% with plastic parts.

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Biesse Group

“We’ve worked with 3D printing since late 1990’s, primarily for rapid prototyping,” says Mr. Mencarini. “HP’s 3D printing solution allows us to do much more, including helping us bridge the leadtime gap of making metal molds and even allowing us to produce final parts, especially in short-runs that would be impossible to profitably manufacture otherwise.”

Biesse produces a premium product and technology innovation plays a key role in their ability to remain competitive. As 3D printing has matured, they have continuously evaluated new opportunities. When HP launched its first Multi Jet Fusion-based 3D printers, Biesse became an early adopter, purchasing an HP Jet Fusion 4200 3D printer.

The company chose HP because Multi Jet Fusion satisfies a variety of needs. Beyond simple models, Biesse wanted a more efficient way to create functional prototypes of it’s machines various mechanical components, including piston rods, pulleys, gear wheels, joints and other parts.

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Supporting Samsonite in Setting New Standards in Luggage

In their mission to create the best travel bags the world has ever seen, Samsonite approached the innovation experts at Materialise to develop a highly detailed prototype for their latest launch. The Samsonite design team is on a mission: to perfect luggage and create the best bags and travel accessories the world has ever seen. To ensure that the prototype would work like the final product, Materialise Engineers used a mixture of Additive Manufacturing technologies, (stereolithography and laser sintering), to produce a complete suitcase. This included the textured case, as well as functional latches, handles, and wheels. In only eight working days, Materialise

Engineers delivered a completely assembled prototype to the Samsonite team

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Cancer patient receives 3D printed rib cage

Suffering from a chest wall sarcoma (a type of cancerous tumour that grows, in this instance, around the rib cage), a 54-year-old Spanish man needed his sternum and a portion of his rib cage replaced. This part of the chest is notoriously tricky to recreate with prosthetics, due to the complex geometry and design required for each patient. So the patient’s surgical team determined that a fully customisable 3D printed sternum and rib cage was the best option.

Melbourne-based medical device company Anatomics, designed and manufactured the world’s first rib and sternum implant using CSIRO’s 3D printing facility, Lab22.

Read more about the world’s first 3D printed rib cage.



iOrthotics needed to triple production capacity within a six-month period, and they were unable to use current manufacturing methods to scale quickly. iOrthotics engaged University of Queensland’s Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering departments to test and benchmark all materials and to innovate and implement new technologies such as 3D printing. Using subtractive methods during the material removal process results in nearly zero waste in an industry known for producing significant waste.

Productivity is increased compared with other 3D Printing technologies. Using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, output has increased fourfold to more than 100 pairs per day.

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CAF Rail and Transport

CAF identified a group of metallic parts currently applied and used in train systems, suitable to be changed to plastic parts by digital transformations using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. One of those parts is the support of the train’s doors cover structure. First, the parts are virtually tested and simulated the FEA (Finite Element Analysis) under their current mechanical requirements applying HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 material properties. As the parts were designed to be produced with metal, the part should be redesigned to adapt to the HP 3D High Reusability PA 12 material. However, a first FEA structural static analysis of the part was done in order to identify the areas that should be reinforced in this new design. CAF engineers started an iterative process of redesign and digital simulation, reinforcing or stiffening weak areas with fillers or other geometries in order to improve its robustness. Finally, the validated design was printed and produced to substitute of the metallic model in new train system assemblies.

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