3D Printing Service ProvidersShops

C-Mac: 50-year-old manufacturing company gains competitive edge by adopting 3D printing

Stay up to date with everything that is happening in the wonderful world of AM via our LinkedIn community.

Australian manufacturing company C-Mac Industries Cooperative Ltd. recently made the decision to invest in 3D printing technologies. The Sydney-based workers cooperative is aiming to reinvigorate the Australian manufacturing industry and its own business by utilizing advanced production techniques.

The company cites Australia’s declining manufacturing sector—the country reportedly lost one manufacturing job every 19 minutes between 2008 and 2013—as a reason for bolstering its own manufacturing capabilities and staying up-to-date on emerging technologies.

“We have decided to prepare for the future by purchasing 3D printing equipment, learning all about this new style of manufacture and putting the business on a good footing and be in a position to continually adapt to this ever changing and evolving form of manufacture,” said Robert McMaster, a director at C-Mac Industries. “This all started recently in early 2018.”

Since installing its first 3D printers ten months ago, C-Mac has already printed various parts for a range of industries, including medical, industrial, architecture, construction, manufacturing, food, research and more. The company, which says it had been closely following the advancement of 3D printing systems for the last seven years, is reaping the benefits of adding AM to its offering.

C-Mac Industries

“You have to embrace change,” added Steve Grlyak, General Manager of C-Mac. “We have seen so many manufacturing companies in Sydney go bankrupt because they are not willing to change or are slow to adapt to change or have over capitalized on the wrong equipment.”

Admittedly, it wasn’t a seamless transition from traditional manufacturing to additive manufacturing at C-Mac, and the company recognizes the challenges that come with integrating a new type of production technology to a workflow. Since adopting AM, though, the company believes that the technology is increasingly in demand for product development applications and even manufacturing.

With 50 years of experience in the manufacturing sector and with a dedicated team of expert machinists and fabricators, C-Mac is committed to integrating additive manufacturing into its production service in the most optimal way.

“It is only the beginning,” concluded McMaster. “We are also looking into having a 3D printing scholarship award to provide help to students in Australia along with striving to build a bridge between knowledge and practice. The future is upon us.”

Research 2022
Polymer AM Market Opportunities and Trends

741 unique polymer AM companies individually surveyed and studied. Core polymer AM market generated $4.6 billion...

Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

Related Articles

One Comment

  1. Hi Tess & Anthony,

    Thanks so much for the post!

    It is a great pleasure to join the AM Community and add value!

    All the very best!

    Kind Regards
    Aaron Chen
    C-Mac Industries Co-operative Ltd

Back to top button

We use cookies to give you the best online experience and for ads personalisation. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Accept all Services



Join industry leaders and receive the latest insights on what really matters in AM!

This information will never be shared with 3rd parties

I’ve read and accept the privacy policy.*