Quickstep - Professor Bronwyn Fox

Quickstep to participate in Global Innovation Linkage Program with Swinburne


Quickstep is excited to be participating with Swinburne University of Technology (“Swinburne”) and other industry and research partners on a Global Innovation Linkages (GIL) Program focused on Industry 4.0 manufacturing of high volume lightweight composites.

Swinburne has been awarded $1 million in funding from   the federal government towards the $3.5 million project. This project will use a world-first process for 3D printing of industrial scale composites in Swinburne’s Industry 4.0 Testlab.

Swinburne has established partnerships with Australian companies and global economies in Germany, Austria and Israel to undertake Industry 4.0 platform capability development. Aside from Quickstep the other partners in the GIL project are:

» FILL: a global leader in the design and supply of automated solutions, machinery and equipment for various industrial sectors, located in Gurten, Austria.

» ARENA2036: the industry on campus model for research at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

» Plataine: an emerging leader in the development of digital technologies for carbon fibre composite manufacture. Their software systems enable the tracking and tracing of tools, parts and raw materials.

The GIL project will design and develop products for the aerospace, automotive and the emerging ‘New Mobility Transportation’ markets, where there is a critical requirement for high volume composites, using the latest technologies in automation and digitalisation.

The use of advanced materials

The use of advanced materials and processes is a critical factor in aerospace and other advanced industry sectors. Quickstep is developing QPS (Quickstep Production System) solutions for its customers and we see this project further enhancing our capabilities in the advanced manufacturing of composites.

This GIL project will see the further integration of our patented Qure process with other digital and automated technologies to provide a complete solution for the higher volume manufacturing of carbon fibre composite parts.

The Global Innovation Linkages program is led by the Federal government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It provides matched funding to assist Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development projects. The Global Innovation Linkages program is led by the Federal government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It provides matched funding to assist Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development projects.