Darwin: Expertise Developed Worlds First 3D Printer


The NT Government stated that the researcher developed a new type of the 3D printer in Darwin. The developed printer is much faster as well as cheaper than any existing metal 3D printing technology. The Government has granted $400,000 Charles Darwin University to get the LightSpEE3D printer. The NT Chief Minister, Mr. Michael Gunner said, “So you’re talking about a massive change forward now in how you actually manufacture: you can do it very local and very specific and the Territory can lead the way”. The advantages of the 3D printer are that it reduces the cost of the printer at the same time it increased the speed, Steven Camilleri from the Spee3d said. Mr. Steven is the Co-inventor of the device.

Further, Mr. Steven Camilleri added, “We’ve got a part that we did for an automotive supplier and we were able to bring the 3D print time down from about 100 to 200 hours to about 20 minutes”. One of the possibilities is its use by firms functioning in remote ranges. The modern technology with fast and cheap characteristics stated that it would accessible to new industries. Mr. Steven stated, “We believe we’ve got a process that suits manufacturing better than some of the existing processes for metal manufacturing”. Mr. Michael Gunner said, “The development and purchase of the device heralds a new era in the use of the Territory’s resources”. At Charles Darwin University the printer will come in October and its experts will work together with Spee3d engineers to explore the device’s potential.