Australian additive manufacturing company starts product trials

Additive Assurance, a company based on research from Monash University, has launched with an investment from IP Group and is now conducting trials with aerospace, defence, and energy companies.

The company has been founded to commercialise a metal 3D printing quality assurance technology, developed at Monash University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).

Reproducibility and reliability issues are hindering the mainstream adoption of metal 3D printing in a number of industries such as aerospace, defence, energy and medical device manufacturers. Additive Assurance has developed a novel sensing technology powered by machine learning analytics to solve these issues and dramatically increases the adoption of metal 3D printing.

Additive Assurance originated from a research team at Monash University led by PhD candidate Marten Jurg and Dr Andrey Molotnikov, an Adjunct at Monash University.

The company is working closely with leading global aerospace, energy and defence organisations and is now conducting product trials. The in-situ monitoring tool is capable of providing real-time defects alerts with full process traceability, enabling qualification of metal 3D printed parts.

“Additive Manufacturing is the future and we’re delighted to have made this investment and look forward to working with the team to bring this technology to market,” Michael Molinari, managing director of IP Group Australia, said.

“This is Monash’s second investment with IP Group providing funding and expertise to rapidly translate our research outcomes into real world impact,” Alastair Hick, Senior Director Monash Innovation said.

“The project has been support by the Monash Research Impact Fund and the team has benefitted from the Generator ‘Accelerator’ entrepreneurship training program, together with appropriate IP protection and the on-going relationship Monash innovation enjoys with the IP Group.”