15 February 2019

Founding Director of Swinburne's Manufacturing Research Institute Bronwyn Fox will present how research is bringing a world first, digital approach to the rapid manufacture of engineered, lightweight, high strength materials.


Swinburne University of Technology is creating an Industry 4.0 Testlab for Carbon Fibre Composite Product Automation which will be embedded in the Factory of the Future as part of Swinburne’s Industry 4.0 Hub. The Testlab will bring a world first, digital approach to the rapid manufacture of these engineered, lightweight, high strength materials.  This world first rapid 3D carbon fibre printing process will provide the ability to create near net shape preforms that will minimise waste, reduce cost and be applicable to high volumes not previously possible.  The new technology will be integrated into a versatile, reconfigurable and upgradable production line including resin dispensing and curing. The Testlab will connect Swinburne’s world-leading knowledge in carbon fibre composites product design and manufacturing, robotic systems, sensors and Internet of Things platforms to provide a comprehensive, future ready facility.  The manufacturing line will be controlled using Siemens’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform as part of Swinburne’s close partnership with Siemens. The PLM suite will facilitate the creation of a digital twin of the process, enabling accelerated development of new products and processes and the exploration of new frontiers in virtual commissioning. 


Bronwyn Fox is the founding Director of Swinburne University’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute where her mission is to support transition of Australia’s industries into Industry 4.0 - the fourth industrial revolution.   She has demonstrated a sustained commitment to support the growth of the carbon fibre and composite industry in Australia through targeted research and was previously a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University.  Leveraging her specific knowledge of materials engineering, Bronwyn builds multidisciplinary teams who work with the manufacturing sector to ensure they are digitally equipped and linked into global supply chains.  Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials and has published more than 150 papers during her career.  Key contributions have been made to understanding the relationship between the molecular structure of polymers and composites and their resulting properties, understanding the carbonization and manufacture of carbon fibres and nanomaterials and their composites.


15 February 2019 - 15 February 2019
2pm to 3pm
QUT Gardens Point
Room B122, Level 1, B Block
QUT Institute for Future Environments
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Bronwyn Fox, Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, Swinburne University