July 2019

New 3D printing material and AR app to enable automotive collision repairs

Media Release

Date: 24th July 2019

Swinburne University of Technology started testing its newly formulated 3D printing polypropylene-based material this week. The world-first development is a collaboration with industry partner Tradiebot Industries and with co-investment from the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), the material will be used in the automotive collision repair industry to 3D print replacement plastic bumper bar tabs and headlight lugs.

A mobile app is currently also being developed by Tradiebot, using state of the art Augmented Reality (AR), that will enable collision repair technicians to perform quality control on repairs by overlaying an original CAD using the application via a smart phone, tablet or smart glasses. The application will have the ability to scan broken plastic parts, generate a 3D model of the part and then enable the user to create, or select from a library, the required missing component. This missing component will then be 3D printed using the new automotive compatible material. The developed replacement parts will be stored in a digital library of pre-designed parts, ready for download and 3D printing.

The advanced plastic material is compatible with automotive grade injection moulded plastic and will increase the number of parts being repaired and reused during the collision repair process, rather than these parts being sent to landfill or waste, due to missing tabs and lugs.

When ready for industry use, the solution will offer technicians a path to up-skill through learning to repair these parts and designing new replacement components for parts that would have previously required a brand-new replacement.

The creation is the brainchild of Mario Dimovski, CEO of Tradiebot, who started his career as a 16-year-old plastic repair technician and has been involved with automotive plastic repair for the past 28 years. Mr Dimovski has been relentless in his quest to deliver not just this digital innovation, but also several other Industry 4.0 solutions in the fields of robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality. Forming close working relations with leading universities, government bodies and key industry collaboration partners over the last few years has been the key to Tradiebot’s success in leading innovation in the automotive repair industry.

Mr Dimovski said

“The new 3D printing material and the mobile app development marks a significant step towards the utilisation of new digital tools, additive manufacturing / 3D printing and advanced materials in the collision repair industry. Tradiebot has been leading the way in 3D printing innovations in the collision repair industry for the past 4 years and is very excited to bring to market such an innovative solution.”

Testing the Quality Control and Bracket Creation App

The in-house formulated polypropylene composite material developed by Swinburne materials scientist Dr Mostafa Nikzad and his team, will allow on demand replacement tabs to be printed and fuse welded by repair technicians on plastic car parts, enabling these broken parts to be reused.

Dr Nikzad and his team had to create a material with the right bonding properties, strength and toughness required to meet automotive quality standards, that also possesses the necessary characteristics to be 3D printed. All while guaranteeing the compatibility with automotive grade injection moulded plastics.

The material choices were restricted to Polypropylene based (PP) composites to enable direct welding onto bumpers or headlight bases, as most of these are made from PP based composites.

Dr Nikzad who has been leading advanced material projects for the last 15 years said that this is a ground-breaking development and he is very proud of the work his team has achieved.

Dr Nikzad said: 

“It has been great working alongside an innovative project partner like Tradiebot. The initial idea to develop the material and how best to provide access to it for the industry is really exciting. I like the idea of using a mobile scanning app and creating your own replacement parts for printing. We are also now planning a second phase of this project that involves embedding self-healing capabilities into the material in a world-first.” 

IMCRC functions as a catalyst in this research collaboration, co-investing in 3D printing and material innovation that creates opportunities not just for Tradiebot and the automotive collision repair industry but for Australia’s broader manufacturing sector.

David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director at IMCRC, sees the progress of the research collaboration as an indication of the things to come.

David Chuter said:

“From day one Tradiebot and Swinburne University have been working hand-in-hand, embracing opportunities as well as challenges to drive progress and get the job done. Seeing them test new 3D printing materials that did not exist two years ago and explore digital technology to enhance the user experience is very rewarding.”  

Tradiebot aims to have the material and mobile application available to the market in early 2020 as the project moves into its final stage of commercialisation.

 

 

For all Media Enquiries contact:

Tradiebot Industries:
Tamara Lepar- Business Support Executive
tamara.lepar@tradiebot.com

Swinburne University
Lea Kivivali – Senior Media and Communications Adviser
lkivivali@swin.edu.au

IMCRC
Jana Kuthe – Communications, Marketing and Events Manager
jana.kuthe@imcrc.org

Tradiebot Industries Centrepiece at BAE Systems’ – Factory of Future Technology Showcase

Media Release

Tradiebot Industries was the centrepiece for BAE Systems’ Factory of the Future Technology Showcase allowing the Australian based industrial innovation company to demonstrate its capabilities and technologies in augmented and virtual reality to leaders in the defence sector.

The event hosted by BAE Systems was held in Melbourne yesterday and featured some of Australia’s most exciting technology innovators, universities and creators of Industry 4.0 solutions. The event was attended by over 200 senior members from the defence, supply-chain, government and technology sectors to witness these local innovations.

More about: BAE Systems’ Factory of the Future Technology Showcase

What is it? A showcase for innovative Australian businesses to demonstrate their technological capabilities and capacity to provide solutions towards the factory of the future.

What are the objectives? To highlight and experience state of the art technologies, tools, and techniques first-hand, while identifying the capabilities of local industry and their alignment to fulfil BAE Systems’ technological development opportunities facing the Hunter Class Frigate Program.

Innovation Manager ASC Shipbuilding, Evangelos Lambrinos, said:

“The Factory of the Future technology showcase features some of Australia’s leading innovators, and we are excited that a variety of small and medium Australian businesses could attend.
“We want to create a hive of activity for innovation collaboration and this event will hopefully lead to future partnerships on research and technology development in Australia and globally.”

Tradiebot’s Director of Engineering and Operational Technology Kristan Marlow said:

“It is extremely exciting and rewarding to have been invited by BAE Systems to take part in such a showcase event for the Defence industry and have such a prime position.”
“Tradiebot, who is one of the country’s leading industry 4.0 innovators, demonstrated their Augmented and Virtual Reality training and information management solutions to attendees through a range of interactive and immersive experiences.”    

This event brought together technology innovators from all over Australia. Tradiebot was able to showcase alongside these other innovators and was able to highlight the diverse use cases of its digital technologies to the Defence sector. Their technology can be applied within any industry that requires the intuitive delivery of contextually relevant digital information and training.

Tradiebot initially started developing these innovative applications for the automotive repair and service sector to address the growing skills shortage and lack of new apprentices coming into the trade. Their technologies enable technicians of varied skill levels to intuitively learn, be walked through, and perform any type of maintenance or repair procedure.

Tradiebot CEO Mario Dimovski said:

“The defence sector is one area we have been looking at expanding into. We have previously been approached by a number of CRC’s and companies in this space, though wanted to wait for the right opportunity and potential partner before taking the leap to further explore this sector. This event was definitely the right fit for us and we are looking forward to building further relations with sectors of the BAE team.

 

For all Media Enquiries contact:

Tradiebot Industries:
Tamara Lepar- Business Support Executive
0419 393 278 | tamara.lepar@tradiebot.com

BAE Systems
Tamara Cardillo – AIC Administrator
0499 552 088 | tamara.cardillo@baesystems.com

Tradiebot Industries Using Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies to Train Automotive Workforce

From midair 3D designing and undertaking immersive experiences to learning more about things like coffee and our planet, from testing out 3D digital drones and how to modify nuclear pumps to getting a closer look at molecules, many companies around the world are introducing augmented and virtual reality into their operations. At the WorldSkills Skills Show Australia 2018 in Sydney this week, Deakin University and Tradiebot Industries launched a collaborative research project that will explore using both AR and VR to prepare workers for the future of manufacturing. Using these technologies for training purposes can blur the line between the physical and cyber worlds to create a true sense of immersion.

This is the first time that Tradiebot is exhibiting its transformative projects at the show. In addition to the university, Tradiebot, which worked on the automotive Repair Bot project, is also attending the show and partnering with automotive industry heavyweights Capital S.M.A.R.T. Repairs and PPG on the project.

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Canadian CARS Magazine features WorxAR

 Jacob Stroller talks to Tradiebot Industries CEO, Mario Dimovski who provided an insight into the WorxAR project and how AR will impact automotive repair over the next few years.

Read the full article here.

 

Our CEO Representing Local Innovation on the World Stage

Tradiebot CEO, Mario Dimovski had the privilege of being selected as one of the key speakers at this year’s Industry 4.0 Summit held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mario was lucky enough to be among some of the most distinguished minds in digital transformation, innovation and Industry 4.0 representing companies such as Siemens, KUKA Robotics, Hitachi showcasing not only his journey in the automotive industry but highlighting the achievements of Tradiebot Industries.

This 2 day event gave attendees a better insight into issues currently facing the manufacturing industry, such as moving towards automation or keeping with human labour, learning fresh ways on employing skilled-talents to work on machine operation for manufacturing processes and discussing the significance of going towards Industry 4.0 specifically for Southeast Asia region.

“Think Big, start small, scale fast.”

Tradiebot features in the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine

Check out the July issue of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine, with the feature on Tradiebot Industries’ Augmented Reality Software WorxAR.

This game changing software is designed for the Mechanical and Service industry and is available in your own tailored mobile or online application.

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