Romar Additive Manufacturing Challenge for ANSTO National Graduate Innovation Forum

Engineering students working in the lab and using a computer

Romar Engineering is uniquely positioned to offer world-class additive manufacturing solutions, thanks to our singular technology and industry-leading team.

We recently showcased this capability as part of the first ANSTO National Graduate Innovation Forum, an event designed to connect current PhD students with industry representatives – to apply scientific thinking to real-world industry challenges.

Culminating in a final event on 10 November, students worked in groups of eight on four different industry challenges, mentored by ANSTO and AINSE staff and ACDS Committee personnel throughout the program.

Romar proposed that students work with real-world data to build a software post-processor for visualisation of a medium-speed additive manufacturing process. This would then be used to evaluate the integrity of a build using Romar’s Australian-only 3D metal printer, the Lasertec 65.

Engineering students working in the lab

About the Romar challenge

The Lasertec 65 is an elite additive printer that uses unique hybrid 3D printing technology (metal on and metal off) coupled with 5-axis CNC milling and on-machine verification. It can produce prototypes and complex 3D geometries up to 500mm. It can repair and coat complex parts like turbine casings and blades, guide vanes, impellers, propellers, blisks and multi-material components, that require no treatment or modification prior to use.

This advanced capability and flexibility make it ideal for highly regulated industries including aerospace, medical, mining and defence.

“We were trying to work out if there has been an issue during the build; where there may be a void, or an inclusion or something that will weaken the part and whether it’s going to be critical to the survival of the part,” said Romar CEO Alan Lipman.

“Once we have detailed information about parameters and develop a good understanding of what is happening with this particular component at this temperature and power rating, we can apply that knowledge to other builds,” he added.

If successful, the approach could provide a way to qualify manufactured part integrity, avoiding costly scanning-based inspections.

Exceptional additive manufacturing capability

Romar is a leader in Australian manufacturing with unparalleled expertise in areas including advanced manufacturing, elastomers, medical device manufacturing and precision molding. Our state-of-the-art facilities include a Class 8 Clean Room, and in addition to the Lasertec 65, our additive manufacturing technology includes a newly installed GE Concept Laser M2.

Please see ANSTO for more details about Romar and the National Graduate Innovation Forum, and contact us to discuss your additive manufacturing project.