Western Sydney gears up to be Australia’s 3D printing capital

NSW Government Premier Gladys Berejiklian tours GE Additive’s CEC Munich as part of an MoU signing ceremony.
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Western Sydney gears up to be the centre of 3D printing in Australia owing to a new joint initiative between the NSW Government and industry leader GE Additive.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian visited GE Additive Customer Experience Centre in Munich and later on signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop industrial-scale 3D printing at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

“3D printing is on the cutting edge of manufacturing globally and this deal will help make Western Sydney the nation’s leader,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Our partnership with GE Additive will create many hi-tech jobs across the aerospace, medical and automotive sectors.”

GE Additive is a world leader and pioneer in additive design and manufacturing which offers a suite of products to help companies unlock the full potential to transform businesses. Through their team of additive experts, advanced machines and quality materials, the company aims to improve products and manufacturing operations.

“We are very honoured to welcome Premier Berejiklian and the NSW delegation to Munich and equally so to be part of this wider vision for Western Sydney and especially the Aerotropolis precinct,” Jason Oliver, President and CEO of GE Additive, said.

“Adopting an ecosystem approach to additive manufacturing makes sense, but given NSW’s rich seam of talent, natural resources and ambition for the future, we are particularly excited at the impact our work together could have, not just in NSW, but nation-wide and more broadly across the APAC region.”

Ms Berejiklian mentioned that “enhanced 3D printing capabilities will be a key component of a new space industry hub at the Aerotropolis”

“We are aiming to triple the size of Australia’s space sector to $12 billion by 2030, creating up to 20,000 new jobs in this industry alone,” she added. “This agreement demonstrates our commitment to look globally to bring the best opportunities to NSW.”

This follows an agreement signed last December between the NSW Government and 18 NSW space companies, research and education institutions, as well as the CSIRO, to establish a new Space Industry Hub at the Aerotropolis.