[11 March/The Country]

A full-size merino sheep is to be used in a scoping study into robotic sheep shearing. The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has opened Australia’s most advanced 3D printing facility. ProtoSpace was launched to help grow advanced manufacturing in Australia by providing access to high-end equipment and expertise in 3D printing technology for businesses of all sizes from all sectors. It features 3D printers some of which are only in Australia with the Protospace being created to help support Australian innovation. 3D printing still makes up less than 1 percent of global manufacturing so there is potential for growth. Harvard University reports many businesses and individuals with ideas are still unsure how they can harness the technology to innovate, and to remain relevant. 3D printing can be used to minimise waste, develop new products and can reduce time to market.