From the April meeting of the Griffith University Council


Associate Professor Jennifer Loy, Deputy Director, Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, and Industrial Design Program Leader made a presentation to members about 3D printing and its relevance to higher education.

Associate Professor Loy advised members that 3D printing had operated as a catalyst for the digital revolution over the past 15 years due to its flexibility and capacity to create inexpensive, customized objects from a range of fit for purpose materials. She advised that 3D printing technology had enabled the creation of complex geometries and assemblies that could be created as a single part, from a wide range of materials such as plastic, wax, ink and metals, and without the expense of developing a specific mould. Associate Professor Loy discussed examples of objects that may be created with 3D printing ranging from industrial objects such as aircraft parts to medical devices such as hearing aids and prosthetics.

Associate Professor Loy advised members that 3D printing was very important to Australia due to its geographical distance, the economic competition in the region, and limited resources. Associate Professor Loy advised that 3D printing technology was highly relevant to higher education given that business practices and industries were rapidly changing and 3D printing technology enabled cross-disciplinary, boundary breaking innovation, and production on demand, while minimizing investment costs.