2 March 2018
Victorian based defence research and development company DefendTex Pty Ltd has secured $2.6 Million in Commonwealth funding to develop new technology in additive manufacturing of energetic materials through a Cooperative Research Centre Programme.
DefendTex Pty Ltd CEO Travis Reddy said “that as the industry lead for this research, DefendTex Pty is pleased to collaborate with experts in both additive manufacturing and energetic materials research from the Defence Science and Technology Group, RMIT University, Flinders University and Cranfield University in the UK.”
Mr Reddy said, “Additive manufacturing is an emerging technology with great industrial potential in the field of 3D printed energetic materials such as explosives and propellant. In addition to offering the prospect of significant performance gains, additive manufacturing of energetic materials has the potential to solve cost, safety and efficiency problems associated with traditional manufacturing methods which have remained unchanged for a generation”.
Flinders University polymer chemistry expert, Professor David Lewis, Director of Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology, said “The challenge of printing energetic materials that are thermally and/or shock sensitive requires novel materials and processing. The ability to develop systems like this is the next generation of additive manufacturing and is the key to this technology becoming main stream.”
“Whilst additive manufacturing or 3D printing is rising in importance globally in several industry sectors such as aerospace and biomedical, its industrial potential is only beginning to be realized in the field of 3D printed energetic materials”, said Professor Brandt from RMIT University Centre for Additive Manufacturing.
Professor Brandt said that “This project aims to make major advancements in additive manufacturing of energetic materials by developing both technology and materials which will lead to wide application in civil, defence, construction and mining industries”.
“Partnering with defence scientists from the Defence Science and Technology Group and Cranfield University is critical in informing the research requirements associated with the project aims and in ensuring that the technology has the greatest chance of meeting defence needs” said Mr Reddy.
“The project aims to develop a commercially viable process for 3D printing of energetic materials for use in the defence industry. However, this new technology will have wide application in civil, mining, oil and gas and construction industries”, said Mr Reddy.
Results from the research are expected within three years.
DefendTex Pty Ltd is an Australian company specialising the commercialisation of technology for the military and law enforcement markets.