Made in Melbourne and on display at the Avalon International Airshow

Opening new manufacturing opportunities for Australia in aerospace, medicine and light industry

Media call 11 am Thursday 26 February at the Victorian Government Stand, Hall 2, Avalon International Airshow. HD overlay of the printers at work also available.

Monash University researchers along with collaborators from CSIRO and Deakin University have printed a jet engine. In fact Monash and their spin-out company Amaero, have printed two engines. One is on display this week at the International Air Show in Avalon, while the second is displayed in Toulouse at the French aerospace company Microturbo (Safran).

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Monash Jet Engine (click for hi-res)

Monash Jet Engine

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Background information

This is a summary of resources supporting the ‘World’s first 3D printed jet engine’ briefing at the Avalon Airshow. Full release, online copy and live links at

HD footage of the printing machines and the engine

Monash University: Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing

Shows: 3D printed metal parts, Professor Xinhua Wu with printed jet engine, Concept Laser X-Line 1000R machine (powder bed 3D printing machine – the largest selective laser melting (SLM) machine currently available), laser over base plate in blown powder machine, large shot of the blown powder printing machine.

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Web links


Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing:


ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals:

Additive manufacturing (3D printing)

3D printing has been used since the 1980s by the aerospace industry, usually to produce prototypes. With more complex, expensive printing machines being built in recent years (such as those with lasers to melt metal powders – used by MCAM), more opportunities for different materials and therefore different applications are opening up. Printing in metals has its challenges, including the high temperatures required and safety issues that accompany them.

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Nominations for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science now open, closing 26 March


The Australian Government will recognise the practical and commercial successes of Australian scientists, with a new award to be added to the 2015 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said that Australians make a significant investment in science through an annual Government budget of $9.2 billion.

“All Australians benefit from the advances in science and the best way to share the gains of our world-class scientists is to encourage stronger links between science and business,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The new prize, the Prime Minister’s Prize for the Commercial Application of Science, will promote building better links between researchers and industry and encourage entrepreneurship in our business and research communities.

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How we punch our way into cancer cells

Full media release, media contacts, photos, videos and background information below.  

Full paper here

Edible oyster mushrooms have an intriguing secret: they eat spiders and roundworms.  And they do so using proteins which can punch their way into cells, leaving tidy but deadly holes. It’s a trick that our immune cells also use to protect us; destroying infected cells, cancerous cells, and bacteria.

The pore-forming pleurotolysin proteins

The pore-forming pleurotolysin proteins

Research published today in PLOS Biology by an international team, led by the ARC Imaging Centre at Monash University and Birkbeck College, in London, reveals the molecular process behind the punch.

Using synchrotron light and cryo-electron microscopy, they’ve visualised the action of a protein called pleurotolysin – opening the way to new drug targets and new tools for medicine, agriculture, genetic engineering and nano-engineering.

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Launch of the $20 million Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Centre for Structural Cryo Electron Microscopy

  • Monash University, Melbourne
  • 11 am Monday 2 February 2015

 With Prof Aidan Byrne, CEO of the Australian Research Council; Prof Edwina Cornish, Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University; and Caitriona Fay, National Manager Philanthropy, Perpetual.

A unique $5 million electron microscope launched today at Monash University, Melbourne, will transform the way we view the human immune system, and advance Australian research towards better treatment for diseases from cancer and malaria to diabetes, rheumatism and multiple sclerosis.

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