Engineering next-generation biomedical and industrial applications at the forefront of Industry 4.0 is critical to our modern manufacturing capacity.

Griffith University’s flagship facility, Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute (ADaPT) will be built on a prime GCKHP site, leveraging existing capability located on the Gold Coast campus.

The face of manufacturing is rapidly changing (Industry 4.0), with a number of disruptive fabrication technologies, combined with 3D digital design revolutionising how industry (and consumers) develop, prototype and manufacture products. These include functional computer-assisted design models (Digital Twins). Local and global industry will be engaged for a diverse range of rapid prototyping utilising additive manufacturing in the medical, marine, automotive, aviation and construction industries.

In the post-pandemic growth period, Australia will look to secure its sovereign supply chains and transform industry through modern manufacturing.

ADaPT will merge the Griffith University’s expertise in micro and nano-technology, new materials, biomechanical and biomedical engineering, big data and artificial/augmented intelligence, complex medical imaging and 3D printing design and technology, with the innovation of partner companies and clinicians to engineer next-generation medical and industrial applications.

The Precinct is already welcoming international companies and partnerships, including the US-based company behind a world-first artificial heart, BiVACOR, a Silicon-Valley based medtech with a novel precision surgical laser technology, Precise Light Surgical, and the Australian base for Belgian-headquartered global additive manufacturing software pioneer Materialise.

New medical devices and assisted surgery

Personalised medicine

In the field of biomechanics and orthopaedic surgery, scientists are able to combine complex biomechanical testing results (eg showing the load on your knees when running or walking) with advanced imaging (precise tissue segments from MRI scans etc) and create 3D ‘digital human’ computer models or twins. They can use these for planning orthopaedic surgery (including inserting medical devices), and designing performance training and rehabilitation programs, including wearable devices – all tailored to the individual patient.

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New materials development

Micro and nanotechnology

Combining micro and nano-technology with 3D printing means that tiny amounts of material, biological or other materials can be digitally designed to be 3D printed – nano-scientists create bio-inks (molecules contained in microfluidics) and these are layered in 3D cellular patterns, in a similar way to an Inkjet printer in 2D. Biological ‘scaffolds’ can also be created for tissue to grow on – regenerating missing jawbone is just one exciting application in a brave new world of personalised medicine. The future is set to include the growth of human organs.

Digital Thread Process

Design, prototyping, testing and development

From concept to data gathering and analysis, the creation of functional 3D Models (or Digital Twins), prototyping using 3D printing and design technologies and exciting new nano materials, to physical testing and then final production of prototype products, Industry 4.0 brings all stages of developing new products into the digital realm.

Industry engagement and projects