6. We make things, again

The rustbelt economies of southern states are a remnant of a distant  memory. Yet, advances in technologies – like 3D printing – have ushered in a new era of innovation in how we go about making things. We’ve also invested heavily in our innovative sectors to drive the emergence of world-leading technologies that tackle the legacies of 20th century manufacturing methods: industrial waste and pollution.

Some questions to think about:

  1. What can we do today to build the infrastructure needed to support the emergence of new manufacturing on the back of smart technologies like 3D printing? Indeed, does this kind of technology open new possibilities at all, if so what might these look like?
  2. Are there ways to effectively nurture the commercialisation of locally developed anti-pollution technologies and know-how to the benefit of the entire community?
  3. What are the preconditions of success for a future high-tech specialised vehicle manufacturing capability in North Queensland?

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