$260M CRC Centre – SoMACDevelopment of next generation composites for future Gangadhara Prusty, Director of UNSW based Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites (AMAC) led The Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites Cooperative Research Centre (SoMAC CRC), a consortium of 6 Australian Universities and 29 Industry partners for a successful $70M Australian Government grant (total project value of $260M over 10 years), to advance and transform Australia’s next-generation composite manufacturing industry.
Visit to AMACTraining Centre, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering on 2nd Nov 2021 by NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (Prof. Hugh Durrant-Whyte), Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA) and Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF)
The delegation was hosted by Prof. Ganga Prusty (AMAC Centre Director), and was welcomed by Head of School Prof. Chun Wang, who briefly introduced the School’s capabilities. The NSW Government is active in planning the WPCA/AMRF, particularly in relation to the inclusion of advanced composites manufacturing at the planned Bradfield “Aerotropolis” precinct. During the visit, Prof. Ganga Prusty presented AMAC capabilities and demonstrated AMAC’s robotic automation lab facilities, extensive testing infrastructure and profiled the broad diversity of AMAC’s composites related industry driven innovation. Of particular note, AMAC has evolved its methods to “best practice” in vocational up-skilling of students and its project governance methods. Through industry demand, AMAC has doubled its original scale, and includes a team of 40 researchers, including PhD, HDR, post-docs and visiting fellows.