Edith Cowan University has unveiled the $10 million state-of-the-art engineering facilities, which are designed to drive innovative research and strengthen Western Australia’s manufacturing, green energy, technology and mining industries.
The facilities will deliver an enhanced focus on industry collaborations and discoveries, while offering real-world experience for the next generation of engineers.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said the laboratories will provide exceptional new opportunities for industry partnerships.
“Our facilities are aligned with both industry and the WA State Government’s commitment to boosting local manufacturing and securing Western Australia’s sustainable energy future,” said Professor Chapman.
The three laboratories include an Advanced Manufacturing Hub, Renewable Energy Lab and Sustainable Energy and Resources Lab.
The laboratories feature cutting-edge technologies and equipment, including Western Australia’s only GE Concept Laser metal 3D printing system in partnership with global mining company South32.
“Combined with ECU’s world-class research and industry-focused expertise, these new laboratories aim to offer creative answers to our world’s most challenging and pressing questions,” said Professor Chapman.
“The laboratories reinforce our commitment to engaging with industry to provide remarkable outcomes for them but also delivering real-world experience and connections for our students.”
South32 Worsley Alumina Vice President Operations Erwin Schaufler said South32’s partnership with ECU will position Western Australia as a leader in emerging advanced manufacturing technologies.
“South32 is pleased to support Edith Cowan University by donating a 3D printer from our Worsley Alumina operation for use in ECU’s new Advanced Manufacturing Hub,” Mr Schaufler said.
“The printer will be used to conduct research into advanced manufacturing techniques, including production of sustainable, high-quality metal components that wouldn’t be possible via traditional manufacturing techniques. These components will have practical uses in a low carbon future.