Melbourne’s new dedicated Additive Manufacturing Hub is set to help Victorian businesses become more globally competitive.

Announced on 3 September by the Victorian Government at the headquarters of Melbourne-based company Objective 3D, the virtual Hub will be backed by $2 million in state funding that will strengthen local business’ innovation, help them to create and deliver cutting-edge products, and position Victoria as a top choice for additive manufacturing investment.

Delivered by peak national body, the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited, the Hub will bolster Victoria’s capabilities in high-value manufacturing in future industries such as defence, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, and transport technologies.

Established in 2014, Objective 3D is Australia’s leading provider of 3D printer and 3D scanner solutions for designers, educators and manufacturers. The company’s Carrum Downs facility is the largest Additive Manufacturing Centre in Australia and New Zealand and receives about 1500 orders and produces more than 100,000 parts a year.

Victoria is the nation’s leader in additive manufacturing with more 3D printing machines than any other state. Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy, with over 13,000 businesses employing more than 283,000 people. In 2016-17, Victorian exported $18.16 billion of manufactured goods.