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Category Archives: Connection Magazine

Starting-up and commercialising technology for a lighter, higher-performing ballistic helmet

Thriving industries need perpetual renewal through entrepreneurship and start-ups. One of Australia’s most promising start-ups is The Smart Think, which has developed a new composite forming technology to produce lighter, safer and higher-performing ballistic helmets for the global defence market. At a mere 30 years of age, Tristan Alexander, CEO of The Smart Think, has…

Carbon Revolution – Geelong start-up to supplying “the most technically advanced wheel on the planet”

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March 2018, Ferrari’s remarkable 488 Pista featured a set of optional 20-inch carbon fibre wheels made by Carbon Revolution in Geelong. The beautiful aerodynamically efficient supercar was already 91kg lighter than its predecessors, and by using Carbon Revolution wheels, Ferrari was able to save an additional 40%…

Pathfinder – supplying Australian made, innovative, reliable cutting room technology to world markets

Under the flight path of Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is precision engineering firm, Pathfinder Cutting Technology – a specialist manufacturer of CNC machinery for flexible materials. Co-founding Directors, John Hollo and Ross Kaigg formed the company in 1996 in a marketplace that was dominated by international firms including Gerber and Lectra, who had decades of experience…

Composite Sandwich Structures | Composite Engineer’s Viewpoint

By Rik Heslehurst, PhD, MEng, BEng (Aero) FIEAust, FRAeS, FSAMPE, CPEng Composites Australia (Honorary Member) Part 14- Non-Destructive inspection of Sandwich Structures Following sandwich structure fabrication or as a result of inservice damage, non-destructive inspection (NDI) can be used to characterise a defect/damage. Such NDI tests range from very simple visual inspection to the more…

Composites technology reducing the risk to our military personnel

Plan Jericho was launched by the Royal Australian Air Force in 2015 as a means to transform the Air Force for the information age. Its purpose is to give our Air Force the edge to protect Australia from technologically sophisticated and rapidly changing threats. A key feature of the Plan is development funding for SMEs…

Steber scores major marine export award

Steber International’s strong export performance has been acknowledged with a major award win at the annual Australian Superyacht Marine Export Conference. The conference featured the Australian Marine Industry Export Awards, Commercial Marine Industry Awards and Superyacht Awards with Steber’s picking up the 2019 AIMEX Marine Industry Export Performance – Large Exporter. Steber general manager, Alan…

A composite solution for Melbourne sewers

Sewer networks that collect and safely transport waste away from population centres are among the most important infrastructure assets in modern cities. For Melbourne, Victoria more than 320,000 million litres of sewage enters its sewerage system each year. This labyrinth of huge brick-lined sewers that snake underground relieving the city of its waste was mostly…

2019 Composites Australia Annual Conference

Delegates arriving from all over Australia to attend the 16th Composites Australia conference were greeted with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour filtered through the lush growth of Wendy’s Secret Garden. Held in Lavender Bay in North Sydney from 2nd to 4th April, this year’s conference was dedicated to people who make things as well as…

UNSW redefining the relationship between universities and industry

Since the 1990s, the creation of new knowledge through university-based academic research has been considered by government as an industry like any other. Often called the process of ‘academic capitalism’, universities have become more entrepreneurial as they are forced to focus on knowledge less as a public good than as a marketable commodity in profit-oriented…

Audaciously rethinking functional uses for carbon fibre

Sydney-based industrial design firm Talon Technology has two recent additions to its considerable portfolio of multi-award winning products – a carbon fibre tap and eyewear frames. Talon’s Managing Director Geoff Germon described the company’s new developments as “an audacious rethink” of the traditional uses for carbon fibre composites. The use of new materials and processes…