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A safer, more flexible type of industrial robot is disrupting manufacturing.
Pictured is a slag pile at Broken Hill in New South Wales. Slag is a man-made waste product created during smelting.
Manufacturing minerals is an expanding field of study. Making more of them could help alleviate various pressures faced by our growing population. But how are they made, and where can they be used?
Clinical trials using immune cells engineered through synthetic biology have been shown to push some patients into remission from blood cancer.
Right now, you’re living in a kind of industrial revolution – where biotechnology, information technology, manufacturing and automation all come together to form synthetic biology.
Architect Frank Gehry’s computer-designed, hand made staircase at University of Technology Sydney.
The art and design industry in Australia is demanding ‘mass customisation’ of works of art. Robots may be the answer – and they’re creating jobs already.
Without investment, fewer products will bear this ‘Made in the USA’ logo in the future.
AP Photo/M. Spencer Green
If President Trump really wants to restore America’s manufacturing might he should invest heavily in AI, the internet of things and other emerging technologies that are changing the world.
Technology can help workers in many ways.
Romero, Stahre, Wuest, et al.
People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
University students experiment with human-robot interaction and autonomous manipulation, two elements of manufacturing’s future.
Today, the U.S. is leading the robotics revolution. But without timely investment, China will overtake us, and could permanently put Americans out of work.
Tom Llewellyn-Jones, Bruce Drinkwater and Richard Trask
Researchers have found a way to turn cheap 3D printers into a simple method for making super-strong but light composite materials for things like aircraft.
Technologies like 3d printing and robotics will be crucial aspects of Australia’s manufacturing future.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Australia has a bright future in advanced manufacturing, but it will be a turbulent transition that we need to manage carefully.
President Obama shows off a wooden snowflake made using advanced manufacturing techniques.
Despite the hyper-partisanship in Washington, there appears to be agreement that the government should do more to invest in science and technology innovation.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the selection of five sectors for “growth centres” is not picking winners but “playing to our strengths”.
The federal government has released its National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda, committing around A$400 million towards “industry growth centres”, new tax incentives for employee share…