Created: Exciting 3D printing hub open for small business in Brisbane
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and the Brisbane City Council have taken a bold, new innovative step with the official launch of a 3D printing hub, Creat3d.
Based at CCIQ’s Spring Hill, Brisbane office, the Creat3d hub will make specialist printing more accessible for South East Queensland’s small business community from May.
3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where three-dimensional design data is used to produce solid objects such as drinking glasses through to custom hearing aids.
It can be done within hours and provide huge savings in assembly costs as it can print already assembled products.
Anything from aerospace components to toys can be built with the help of a 3D printer, with industries to benefit such as architecture, automotive, education, medical and small business equipment.
In this joint initiative, Brisbane City Council has contributed $50,000 in funding to CCIQ for the project.
The new printing hub will allow small businesses to trial this emerging technology, test their ideas and further explore the benefits of 3D printing.
There will be two different 3D printers available in the new hub, a Creator-Pro and a Mankati Fullscale XT, enabling businesses to use various filament types and colours for their specialist printing tasks.
A specialist Brisbane print company, ZX3D Printers, will manage the facility and provide users with on-site assistance and trouble-shooting services.
It will be free for businesses to use the 3D printers, however, complex projects may incur a small cost.
CCIQ CEO Stephen Tait said the hub, combined with Council support, would move Brisbane further into the digital era.
“It will change the way the Brisbane business community utilises technology and digital opportunities,” Mr Tait said.
“This 3D Printer project represents a very real opportunity for CCIQ to help the Brisbane business community to activate their imagination and set in motion their entrepreneurial and creative spirit by offering this fantastic digital printing service.”
Mr Tait said CCIQ would provide webinars, resourcing and support services, and would encourage small businesses to test product development on the 3D printers.
BCC Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chairman of the Finance, Economic Development and Administration Committee, said the new hub would house two 3D printers for commercial use and was exciting news for Brisbane’s innovative business community.
“Council is proud to be working with CCIQ to provide these cutting-edge printers to help Brisbane businesses trial this emerging technology, test their ideas and explore how 3D printing can help them in their business practice,” Cr Simmonds said.
“These initiatives are a part of our vision of a smart, prosperous city for all Brisbane residents and I encourage local business owners to take part.”
The 3D Printer hub is located within the CCIQ office at 375 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill.
Representatives from local architectural firm Architectus, which has been working on the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital, were also in attendance for the official launch of Creat3d.
"As a design studio Architectus is interested in model making to validate our designs," said architect Ashneel Maharaj.
"3D printing technology provides us with the ability to print overnight and review in the morning, rather than considerable downtime for staff to produce a physical model from traditional model making techniques."
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Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chairman of the Finance, Economic Development and Administration Committee, will attend the official opening of the hub Creat3d at CCIQ headquarters, Industry House, 375 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, Brisbane, at 1.45pm on Friday May 1, 2015.
There will be a 3D printing demonstration and Q&A session with Cr Simmonds and a business using the hub, plus CCIQ experts will be on hand to discuss all aspects of Creat3d.
All media are welcome to attend. Contact Darrell Giles (0428 117 861) for further information.