Swinburne University of Technology has launched its $140 million advanced manufacturing teaching and research facility in Melbourne.


The Advanced Technologies Centre (ACT), co-funded through the Federal Government’s Education Investment Fund, will aim to strengthen Swinburne’s focus on advanced materials and manufacturing.


"This centre will expand the university's capacity to produce job-ready graduates for the forefront of advanced manufacturing technologies," Federal Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr said.


The ATC will facilitate leading research into manufacturing, high temperature processing, neurosciences, nano- and micro-fabrication, nanophotonics, product design engineering, robotics and mechatronics, microscopy and biotechnology.


“The ATC is the first stage of the university’s $250 million investment in new research infrastructure, continuing Swinburne’s long-standing commitment to the current and emerging technology needs of industry and society,” Swinburne’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson said.


The ATC was built with assistance from the federal government, via a $7.6 million grant under the Education Investment Fund. Swinburne has since received a further $40 million in funding through the EIF, to go towards construction of a $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC). The AMC, to be completed in 2013, will be built alongside the ATC.