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APC Partners with TestLab to Rapidly Print Soft Touch Buttons for a GVA Smart Display Prototype

From consultation to printed product within 48hrs.

At APC Technology we proactively research and connect with organisations, aiming to expand the depth and breadth of our supply chain. The impact of COVID resulted in the pursuit of onshore partners to reduce risk. Our collaboration with the University of South Australia’s Industry 4.0 Testlab is an example of a new partnership established during this time but one that will continue in the future.

We approached Testlab to manufacture 3D printed soft-touch buttons which would be integrated into our newly developed Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) smart display. The requirement was urgent with a tight deadline as the prototype would be showcased at Land Forces 2021 -an international land defence expo with 12,500 visitors from industry, government, and defence. This event was one of the first face to face expos in 2021 and offered significant business opportunities.

Iterative printing with the Stratasys J735 Polyjet printer allowed the Testlab to facilitate a rapid turn-around of the required buttons for preproduction display. The first print was a glossy finish, but this left a sticky surface feeling. With the multi-material capability of the J735 printer, the Testlab team produced a second print in a matte finish using the rubber-like Agilus material and this proved to be successful.

The print sets were completed in four hours and four minutes with minimal clean up and were ready for use the next day.

Scott Begbie, APC Technology’s Managing commented on the process. “From start to finish Testlab understood our requirements, the tight timeline and the need for a high quality solution. The first version did not hit the mark, but they were able to use an alternate material and still ensure we achieved the deadline.”

“This allowed us to showcase our proof-of-concept, unlocking the possibility for million-dollar contracts and demonstrating ourselves as an Australian company able to design and manufacture a GVA smart display built onshore.”

As part of our commitment to the C4EDGE project, APC Technology has now supplied the 10.4” GVA Smart Display, designed to process data rich information in real-time and capable of hosting the C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) application for tactical and combat vehicles.

About TestLab 4.0

The University of South Australia’s Industry 4.0 Testlab has been set up to demonstrate Industry 4.0 methodologies and practices and includes practical laboratory-based capabilities and a pilot scale manufacturing demonstration. The Testlab focuses on various sectors including defence, space, mining, electronics, agri-tech/food, medical/healthcare and automotive.

About C4Edge

The C4 EDGE program will leverage internationally agreed open standards to grow and demonstrate Australian C4 (command control communications and computers) industry capacity and ability to deliver a battlegroup and below C4 capability demonstration. Ultimately, by the end of 2021 the program will have delivered a proof of concept demonstration that shows the capability of Australian industry to further develop a protected, integrated and supportable sovereign system; one that delivers agile and resilient C2 functionality to meet the flexible, scalable and interoperability needs of a battlegroup operating independently or with partners.

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