In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology has today launched its $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC) that will help to enhance Australia’s manufacturing sector.

“For Australia’s industries to prosper, we need to bring together imaginative ideas with technological knowhow. The Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre will help make that happen. This building is a space for collaboration,” Swinburne University of Technology’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, said. 

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, officially launched the AMDC which was built with the support of the Commonwealth Government through its Education Investment Fund. 

Professor Linda Kristjanson said the AMDC would give researchers and students an opportunity to use the latest manufacturing and design technologies.

“The experience students will gain, the relationships industries will forge, and the research that our academics will conduct in this space is only the beginning of what I believe is an exhilarating road to discovery.”

An exciting facility housed within the AMDC was also celebrated as part of the launch - Swinburne’s Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Biodevices.

With support from the Australian Research Council and industry partners, the ARC Training Centre in Biodevices is making use of the cutting-edge manufacturing and design capabilities to produce innovative medical technologies and nurture the future leaders of the medical device industry.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, in partnership with Jacobs Australia designed the AMDC, located at Swinburne's Hawthorn campus.

The 11-storey building fronted by a restored original two-storey Victorian façade, provides 18,000 square feet of floor space, and has a 5-Star Green sustainability rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

The building features laboratories, lecture theatres (including a 274-seat auditorium), teaching classrooms and workshops, an industry-engagement office suite, office accommodation and breakout areas.

It hosts the innovative Factory of the Future, dedicated to research and collaboration on new technology and innovation in manufacturing.

Check out 5 exciting things that have already happened in our Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre.