Additive Manufacturing

Since 2011, the Additive Manufacturing activities related to metallic materials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have been enhanced by the establishment of a world-leading research platform, the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (MCAM). Developing parameter optimisation for Al-, Ti- and Ni-alloys as well as improving the process ability of complex-shaped parts for aerospace applications has been a key focus – underpinned by fundamental science in metallurgy and supported by state of the art characterisation.

Recently, research and development of an expanded suite of Al-alloys and High Entropy Alloys for high temperature applications has also becomes important – as alloy development and the evolution of structural materials has a long tradition at Monash. Continuing to work on fundamentals in thermodynamics, thermal properties, and the foundational relationship between processing, microstructure and mechanical properties (the basis of materials science) is necessary to fulfil these goals. In the context of polymers, hybrids, architecture materials, and a variety of composities (including ceramics), the department leads the way. In the past 4 years, no less than 5 spin-off companies in the area of additive manufacturing have stemmed from the department.

Key infrastructure includes several instruments for Selective Laser Melting (SLM), such as the EOS M280, M290, Concept Mlab, SISMA 300, Concept Xline1000 and the world’s largest SLM machine - the Concept Xline 2000. Besides SLM devices, a Trumpf TruLaser cell 7040 machine for Direct Laser Deposition (DLD) is housed at Monash. Other equipment includes polyjet (Connex), carbon fibre (Marked X, Markedforge), SLA, FDM and numerous experimental printers. The team at MCAM attracted significant attention by manufacturing the world’s first entire jet engine by 3D printing in 2014; in partnership with industry.

Areas


Metals

Metals

Expertise

  • Light metals (Al, Ti) and nickel superalloys
  • Steels
  • High entropy alloys
  • Aerospace applications
  • Automotive applications
  • Oil and gas applications
  • Corrosion protection
  • Biomedical implants
  • 3D printing
  • Selective laser melting
  • Microforming
  • Spark plasma sintering
  • Microstructural evolution
  • Texture
  • Mechanical behaviour/Fatigue
  • Alloy discovery and metallic multi-materials
  • Functionally graded materials

Experts









Polymers

Polymers

Expertise

  • Fused deposition modelling
  • Direct ink writing
  • Multi-material inkjet technologies
  • Functional and structural composites
  • Energy absorption
  • Biomimetic materials
  • Composites and blends
  • Spark plasma sintering

Experts




Biomaterials

Biomaterials

Expertise

  • Organ printing
  • Microextrusion
  • Direct ink writing techniques
  • Inkjet technologies

Experts


Materials processing and design

Materials Processing and Design

Expertise

  • Complex part geometry design and formation
  • In-process monitoring and quality control
  • Optimisation of build parameters
  • Residual stress control
  • Surface engineering
  • Internal and external defects
  • Post processing
  • Microforming

Experts