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Quickstep to supply Lockheed Martin LM-100J

Quickstep has been confirmed as a supplier to Lockheed Martin for the new LM-100J commercial freighter, which

recently made its global debut at the 2017 Paris Air Show.

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The OptoFab Node sits within Macquarie’s Faculty of Science

and Engineering, with a focus on laser micromachining. Dr Martin

Ams, Research Fellow in Physics, explained: “We are involved in

both additive and subtractive processing. The addition of the SLM

system allows us to expand our additive facilities using metals such

as stainless steel and titanium.”

The launch was attended by an audience of industry representatives

and academics, with a presentation by Stefan Ritt from SLM

Solutions about the expansion and direction in 3D metal printing

worldwide. Ritt emphasised the benefits of a ‘one-stop’ workshop

facility to assist manufacturers in developing ‘know-how’ and skills

in 3D printing processes. He underlined how university expertise

can directly contribute to the growth of Australian manufacturing by

providing much-needed research and support in specialist testing

facilities – as occurs across Europe.

“SLM Solutions encourages research centres and universities to

partner with companies in different industries to explore requirements

and to develop usable strategies to support growth,” added Ritt.

“This is how the new 3D Print Facility can be so important to local

business.”

Macquarie has expertise in a number of fields that cross into 3D

printing, for example in the production of medical parts and implants.

The use of 3D-printed medical implants is experiencing rapid

growth as medical engineers test not only functional designs, but

innovative lattice structures that encourage bone growth. Richard

Appleyard, Associate Professor in Biomechanical Engineering

and Orthopaedics, said: “Healthcare is one of the fastest growing

sectors of 3D printing, with a growth rate of 20%-25% forecast over

the next few years.”

Macquarie University looks to partner

in 3D metal printing

Raymax Applications has completed the installation of a new SLM125HL 3D metal printer from SLM Solutions at the

Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)’s OptoFab Node at Macquarie University.

Located at North Ryde in Sydney, Macquarie has a credible history

of partnering with businesses, some of which are located on

campus, such as Cochlear.

“One of the key aims of this facility is to grow our already successful

industry partnerships with local businesses, and our medical faculty,

in the development of 3D metal printed parts,” said Professor

Michael Withford, Director of the ANFF OptoFab Node. “Our new

facility opens doors for different industries while our expertise

puts us in an excellent position to work in a range of partnerships

from medical to industrial, to innovate manufacturing processes.

Those interested in making use of our 3D print system for additive

manufacturing can contact Dr Peter Dekker, our Facility Manager.”

Dr Peter Decker working with the new SLM125HL 3D metal printer.

The LM-100J is based on the C-130J Super Hercules military

tactical airlifter, delivering the versatility and capabilities of its

military counterpart to commercial operators. Quickstep will be

the supplier of wing flaps for the LM-100J, in addition to the

C-130J aircraft. Speaking from the Paris Air Show, Quickstep’s

recently appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director,

Mark Burgess said: “The introduction of the LM-100J signifies a

new chapter in Hercules operations and we are proud to be a

part of this new platform that will truly change the commercial

freighter marketplace.”

Quickstep is the largest independent aerospace-grade advanced

composite manufacturer in Australia, partnering with some of

the world’s largest aerospace/defence organisations including

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, as well

as Victorian-based Marand Precision Engineering. Quickstep

operates from state-of-the-art aerospace manufacturing facilities

at Bankstown Airport in Sydney, NSW, with a recently established

site for the advanced manufacturing of composite parts and

R&D/Process Development Centre in Waurn Ponds, Victoria,

and a development and customer support operation in Munich,

Germany.

Burgess joined Quickstep as Chief Executive Officer and

Managing Director on 8 May: “I am delighted to be on board, and

I continue to be impressed by Quickstep’s strong and profitable

aerospace manufacturing business, its forward order book and

revenue growth. Our business has a strong value proposition and

significant growth opportunities in multiple sectors.

“I am genuinely excited about Quickstep’s future. We are

generating positive cash flow from our aerospace operations and,

having concluded a significant capital expenditure program at

Bankstown, are successfully supporting very significant increases

in Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) production volumes with existing

funds that meet our ongoing working capital requirements.”