New ways to implement 3D printing are constantly being developed. Recently, the Australian Government announced that it would contribute $2.6 million towards 3D-printed explosives research over the next two years as part of the Co-operative Research Centre Program.
The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group will partner with defence research company DefendTex, RMIT, Flinders University and the UK’s Cranfield University to develop the 3D-printed explosives. DST is Australia’s leading authority on energetics materials. These materials contain high concentrations of stored chemical energy that are released rapidly without external contribution of oxygen.
Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence, said that the outcomes will have “far-reaching civilian and Defence applications and contribute to the development of critical expertise in energetic manufacturing techniques in Australian industry.” He believes that the research could reduce expenditure, improve logistics and allow for more environmentally-friendly manufacturing opportunities. It will also encourage greater safety, precision and versatility in weapon design, with Pyne stating that, “This research could lead to the production of advanced weapons systems, which can be tailored for unique performance and purpose.” The research could also have implications for other energetic material products, such as airbags.
If your company is using 3D printing to prototype and develop new products, it may be eligible for the government’s R&D Tax Incentive rebate. To claim, a minimum spend of $20,000 on eligible R&D activities is required and your activities must generate new knowledge. Our online eligibility wizard will help you to determine whether you can make a claim.