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.
“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.”