AML3D Limited, a provider of additive manufacturing on demand services and a manufacturer of Wire Additive Manufacturing (WAM®) technology, announced the purchase order of a new 3D printed prototype Nickel-Aluminium-Bronze (NAB) component to support the US Navy’s submarine programme. The new order calls for the production of a 1 tonne prototype using AML3D’s proprietary ARCEMY 3D metal printing technology.
BlueForge Alliance, a nonprofit, neutral integrator that supports the strengthening and sustainability of the US Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base through technology adoption and acceleration, received the order.
3D Printed Prototype component order for US Navy
The US$387,000 3D printed prototype component order demonstrates the critical role AML3D can play in the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies to support the US Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base. The new prototype component’s manufacturing cycle is expected to last 22-24 weeks and will take place at AML3D’s facility in Adelaide, South Australia.
If this new NAB prototype component order is completed successfully, it has the potential to broaden the range of US Navy Submarine parts for which AML3D’s ARCEMY metal 3D printing systems can be used. It comes on the heels of a $1.51 million contract to develop and metal 3D print a complex, high-demand, non-safety-critical replacement NAB component for US Navy submarines.
This new order is consistent with the Company’s US scale-up strategy of becoming a point-of-need additive manufacturing technology solution to address supply chain constraints in the US Navy’s submarine programme. The United States is the world’s largest Additive Manufacturing market and AML3D’s most important growth market. The company remains optimistic that additional contracts will be signed during the remainder of 2023, expanding AML3D’s ongoing sales to the US Defence sector.
“It is exciting to see this expansion of prototype component manufacturing using AML3D’s proprietary ARCEMY technology to support the US Navy’s submarine Industrial base. This order is another opportunity to demonstrate AML3D’s cost effective, high efficiency, high quality, additive manufacturing technology. It is also a great opportunity to demonstrate the key role large scale ARCEMY systems can play within the US Defence sector as point of need manufacturing solutions with the potential to solve supply chain challenges for the US Navy.”– Sean Ebert, Interim CEO, AML3D
The US scale-up strategy of AML3D is focused on developing and deepening our long-term, strategic partnership with key stakeholders in the US Navy’s submarine programme. Our ability to provide contract manufacturing solutions to support ARCEMY system sales into the US Defence sector is a critical component of this strategy. This new NAB prototype component order is also timely in light of the AUKUS Alliance partnership between Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, as well as the opportunities AML3D may have to enter additional Defence markets in the medium to long term.
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