About this Challenge
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.
Geoff and the Global Challenges team are currently working with Researchers and Stakeholders on the following projects to support regional manufacturing innovation.
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.
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.
This pilot study aims to develop a smart shoe, which continuously monitors the walking ability of elderly people.
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.
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.
This project aims to create a safer, more pleasant working environment for a heavy-duty vehicle driver by developing an ergonomic seat that will mitigate the risk of injury and pain.
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.
A series of ongoing networking events established to provide a forum for manufacturers in the region to connect with researchers at the University.
Innovation Works! is an exciting new opportunity from Global Challenges and AIIM to provide space, equipment, training and assistance for students to develop prototypes of new products.
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.
This project explores how the Illawarra could offset industrial decline through additive manufacturing and become a hub for this emerging technology.
This project traverses layers of paint using Terahertz radiation to reveal what lies beneath.
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.
This project will use robotic three dimensional routing to produce a sculpture designed to encourage dialogue around agricultural land use and its impact on fragile coastal areas.
This project looks at the application of Nano magnetic particles in biomedical systems or processes and will examine the relevant laws in Australia and their relationship to new health technologies.
This project will investigate novel photonic radiation detection methods and develop optical micro-dosimeters using the latest developments in photonics and nanotechnology.
This project looks at whether smart transportation systems can work without the need for infrastructure and Global Positioning Systems and whether there is an alternative design concept that is simpler and more cost-efficient.
An innovative new device to relieve the symptoms of breast cancer-related lymphoedema is under development.