Manufacturing Innovation

Manufacturing Innovation

About this Challenge

Geoff Spinks

As Australia, and the world, moves away from carbon-heavy economics, we must find clean and innovative solutions.

Headed up by Professor Geoffrey Spinks (pictured right), the Manufacturing Innovation challenge aims to reposition the Illawarra as a place of intense creativity and experimentation. It focuses on the key question: what things should we make in Australia and how should we make them? It brings together experts from the fields of engineering, design, economics and social sciences to explore new technologies and industries. It examines the social and cultural impacts of the changing technologies on individuals and communities. 

Active Projects

Geoff and the Global Challenges team are currently working with Researchers and Stakeholders on the following projects to support regional manufacturing innovation. 

New generation sunscreens optimised for Australian extreme exposure conditions New generation sunscreens optimised for Australian extreme exposure conditions

This project looks at advanced fabrication and commercialisation of new generation cost-effective sunscreens to develop improved, scientific testing methods for evaluation of safe UV radiation exposure.

Material Science, Slow Textiles, and Ecological Futures Material Science, Slow Textiles, and Ecological Future

The aim of this project is to produce artworks that incorporate energy-­efficient elements and slow textile methods to communicate the need to adopt effective sustainable energy strategies in gallery and museum contexts.

Smart Shoes: Motivating Elders to Walk Longer and SaferSmart Shoes: Motivating Elders to Walk Longer and Safer

This pilot study aims to develop a smart shoe, which continuously monitors the walking ability of elderly people.

Smart GarmentsSmart Garments

The aim of this project is to develop a proof of concept demonstrator for the use of an Embedded Wireless Communication System for Smart Garments.

GC Hydrogel CondomProject Geldom

This project aims to identify the right formulations to build a condom that is strong and flexible, provides superior protection, and offers the potential for improved feel and sensation.

Smart Sodium Storage System IconThe Smart Sodium Storage System for Renewable Energy Storage

A cutting-edge, end-to-end project with a novel battery chemistry to increase energy storage efficiency and reduced system cost, with real-world applications.

Southern Manufacturing Innovation GroupSouthern Manufacturer Alliance

 A series of ongoing networking events established to provide a forum for manufacturers in the region to connect with researchers at the University.

3D Printed Surfboard Fins3D Printed Surfboard Fins

This project is exploring the potential for printing and customising surfboard fins using 3D printing technology and examining how this impacts on a surfer's perception of a wave. 

Flutes23D Modelling and Printing of Custom-Designed Flutes

This project will explore the potential for 3D printing to change the music industry by creating custom-designed flutes that can be played in a variety of microtonal scales.

Previously Funded Projects

Last reviewed: 1 February, 2018

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