Materials and Processes Research Officer

    Hans Lohr

    Mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, computer engineers and more specialised mechatronics engineers all have important roles to play in designing, building and maintaining robots now and into the future.

    Hans Lohr is upcycling factory robots to 3D-print metal parts in a cheaper way

    Growing up in rural Victoria, Hans Lohr developed a passion for engineering at

    a young age. Now, he’s at the CSIRO engineering new ways to 3D-print metal

    This ‘additive manufacturing’ involves using an automated robot laser system to build 3D objects layer by layer. He is using existing factory robots like those used on a factory production line. But 3D-printing metals is complex and expensive.

    Hans works with experts in a range of sciences to understand the challenges in 3D printing with these robots. Then, he uses his coding knowledge to help make 3D printing robots easier and cheaper to use for others.

    “I find it really satisfying to click the run button in my program and a complex task is executed flawlessly on its own,” he says.

    Hans’ study and career pathway

    • Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering, Monash University
    • Research Projects Officer (materials and processes), CSIRO
    Ben Skuse

    Author: Ben Skuse

    Ben Skuse is a UK-based former mathematician turned professional science writer, who has written for the Careers with STEM magazines for over 5 years. You can follow him on Twitter @BenSkuseSciComm.


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