Collaboration paper wins award

Congratulations to ARM Hub industrial designer Anthony Franze on winning the 2023 Young CAADRIA Award (YCA)!

CAADRIA is the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. The YCA is for PhD candidates who are lead authors of a submitted conference paper. It aims to encourage and promote early career researchers.

As a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) PhD student and the lead author, Anthony received the award for the paper, Informing User-Centred Approaches To Augmented Custom Manufacturing Practices.

“I am delighted that our paper has received recognition, underscoring our research topic’s national and international significance within the academic community,” Anthony said.

“Our paper also highlights the importance of collaboration between academia and industry to support small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses adopting emergent technologies, such as AR/MR. By doing so, improving their Industry 4.0 competitiveness, and enhancing the work lives of their valued fabrication staff.

“Winning the YCA award presents a unique opportunity to invite further discussions, research, and collaboration with manufacturers, academics, and industry professionals to progress the sector.”

The paper was submitted to the CAADRIA 2023 Human-Centric Conference at Cept University, India, from 18-24 March 2023.

Anthony’s co-authors were:

  • Associate Professor Glenda Caldwell
  • Dr Müge Belek Fialho Teixeira
  • Associate Professor Markus Rittenbruch.

The papers are judged on their merit, contribution, relevance to CAADRIA, and demonstrated the depth of research interest.

The paper is available here and the abstract is below.


This practice-based research presents insights into the potential and challenges for augmented and mixed reality (AR/MR) technology to enhance Australian small-to-medium (SME) custom manufacturers’ agility to overcome existing Industry 4.0 (I4.0) workforce productivity and efficiency challenges. Moreover, it seeks to understand the technology’s ability to support custom manufacturers and the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) sector transition to a more human-centric Industry 5.0 (I5.0) model, whereby the well-being of the fabricator is placed back at the centre of manufacturing processes. This qualitative study draws on interviews with eleven Australian custom manufacturing industry professionals to inform pertinent themes around fabricators’ current use and perceptions of mixed reality technology. Results indicate benefits for fabricators in reducing 2D drawing and task-related ambiguities in fabrication and assembly practices and reveal factors surrounding underutilisation. Synthesising insights and reflecting on Teixeira et al., (2021) ‘s XR-PACT framework, key research areas are identified for future AR/MR development centred on fabrication users’ distinct needs to improve accessibility, empower fabricators and ultimately assist the competitiveness of custom manufacturers and the AEC sector.

Welcoming Australia’s industry policy leaders to ARM Hub

Australian manufacturers took the opportunity to discuss their products and services with Australian Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ed Husic MP at ARM Hub in April.

During a tour of the Northgate facility, Minister Husic spoke to ARM Hub Member Orcon, and tenants Southern Green Gas, Bondi Labs, and Umbrella Solutions.

QUT Professor and ARM Hub Technical Director Professor Jonathan Roberts demonstrated the development of a mechanism developed by the Australian Cobotics Centre.

Minister Husic was joined by Australian Minister for Aged Care the Hon Anika Wells MP, who spoke to Umbrella Solutions about their technology for aged care organisations.

ARM Hub marks three years

ARM Hub has celebrated three years of helping Australian industry on its digital transformation journey.

The celebration on 18 April 2023 honoured the achievements of Queensland manufacturers and also marked the official unveiling of the ARM Hub’s updated office premises, which was built by Sonder and fitted out by Queensland-based Indigenous company, Nulla Office Supplies.

More than 120 guests took the opportunity to celebrate and tour the facility, viewing the latest in technology from the Australian Cobotics Centre, Southern Green Gas, Orcon, Bondi Labs, Industrial Automation Australia, Umbrella Solutions, and Wisk.

ARM Hub CEO Dr Cori Stewart said she was proud of ARM Hub’s scale and depth of collaboration, working across universities and industry at a local, national, and international level.

“For Queensland, the ARM Hub means jobs and investment. The ARM hub has created 187 jobs, attracted 26 international and interstate companies to invest in Queensland projects, and six international or interstate businesses to set up operations right here in Queensland,” Dr Stewart said.

“When the ARM Hub started, we had a goal of delivering $47 million of projects over our first four years of operations. We’ve delivered $54 million over two and half years, with many more projects in our forward pipeline.

“The new facilities will allow the ARM Hub to collaborate more with industry and accommodate our growing team of experts who require access to the makerspace and collaborative spaces to do their work.”

Thank-you to our guests

The special guest was Australian Assistant Minister for Manufacturing Senator the Hon Tim Ayres, who spoke to the value of the national manufacturing industry and the opportunities to be delivered in the $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund.

Senator Ayres said the Australian Government wanted to ‘make sure a lot of that [funding] is deployed in advanced manufacturing and robotics’.

He wants to see ARM Hub ‘part of a part of the government agenda to reindustrialise the Australian economy, to bring Australian manufacturing jobs to our outer suburbs and regions, and to do this in a way that changes the lives of Australians’.

ARM Hub Chair Emeritus Professor Roy Green led the amazing panel Shay Chalmers, Matt Tobin, Michelle Richards, and Professor Jonathan Roberts in discussing Australia’s role as an international manufacturing hub.

Congratulations were received from the Queensland Government, with Manufacturing Minister Glenn Butcher MP highlighting ARM Hub’s role in delivering the priorities of the Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

“In just three short years there have been so many success stories, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government-funded ARM Hub.

ARM Hub’s local Queensland representative, Leanne Linard MP, said she had ‘seen first-hand the power of local manufacturers collaborating with the Hub to bring their innovations to market’.

“To have a one-stop-shop like this, right here on Brisbane’s northside, is a real asset for Queensland’s advanced manufacturing sector.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what other advanced robotic and manufacturing minds create thanks to the support of the Palaszczuk Government.

“I will continue to encourage my local manufacturers to engage with the Hub so they too can benefit from the collaboration it encourages.”