THE world’s very first commercial LightSPEE3D metal printer has been unveiled right here in Darwin and promises to be a game-changer in the metal manufacturing industry.

Located at Charles Darwin University, the machine has the capability of generating low-cost metal parts at high speed. 3D printer co-inventor Steven Camilleri said it was “exhilarating” to have the technology up and running after several years of planning.

“This machine has the ability to have a substantial impact on the way we build things and do business here in Australia,” he said.

“What it allows us to do is build metal parts extremely fast and extremely cheap.”

CDU Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President Research and Research Training Professor Lawrence Cram said industries that could benefit included defence and aerospace, automotive and healthcare.