PERTH-based 3D printing firm Aurora Labs on Tuesday signed a deal with CSIRO to advance its capabilities.
The deal, worth $200,000, secures Aurora’s position as an Australian leader in so-called “powder to product” development, in which powdered metal is “printed” into objects.
Aurora has suggested agriculture is an industry that could benefit greatly from its development of metal printers costing as little as $40,000.
The company said parts for machinery could be printed on demand, eliminating frustrating delivery times to remote locations.
This could be particularly useful tending to breakdowns during harvest.
According to a recent ABC interview with University of Western Australia professor Tim Sercombe, who has been working closely with Aurora Labs to develop its printers: “The skill set that farmers have in the machinery and the mechanical side of things will lend itself very nicely to operate the (Aurora Labs) machine.”