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PhD candidate Jimmy Toton from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, has won the 2019 Young Defence Innovator Award and $15,000 prize at the Avalon International Airshow for the research of 3D printed steel tools that can cut titanium alloys. This project is conducted with Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) and industry partner Sutton Tools at RMIT's Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.
"Now that we've shown what's possible, the full potential of 3D printing can start being applied to this industry, where it could improve productivity and tool life while reducing cost," Toton said.
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