Cutting edge 3D printing technology developed in Darwin, Australia, will be deployed by the Australian Army
The Australian Army announced earlier this week an investment of $1.5 million in a one year pilot program for deploying SPEE3D metal 3D printing technology for its Army. This program will include training of soldiers in the 3D printing technology, trial of the WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer, both installed on-base and deployed in the field for multiple Army exercises.
SPEE3D – Metal 3D Printing Technology
SPEE3D is an Australian award-winning manufacturer of metal 3d printing technology. It recently partnered with the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (AMA) and Charles Darwin University (CDU) to deliver the program. SPEE3D collaborated with CDU to form AMA in 2017, an initiative that is now recognized as a global centre of excellence for real-world applications of 3D printing technology. AMA will train soldiers in all the skills they will need design and print parts from CAD software to printer operation, part post-processing, testing and certification.
Speaking about the new printer deployment by the Australian Army, SPEE3D CEO, Byron Kennedy said, “This is another very exciting announcement for SPEE3D and the Australian Defence force. This Army program, in parallel with a similar project happening with The Royal Australian Navy, will enable the Australian Defence Force to grow our sovereign capability and lead the world in the field of additive manufacturing.”
According to Lieutenant Colonel Wright, Commanding Officer 1 CSSB, “This partnership with CDU and SPEE3D shows that we as an army are looking to the future and embracing advanced technologies to speed up our processes. At maturity, we see it becoming an essential enabler that will redefine how logistics is employed to support our dependencies on the future battlefield.”
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SPEE3D printers make metal parts the fastest way possible, leveraging metal cold spray technology to produce industrial quality metal parts in just minutes, rather than days or weeks. This process harnesses the power of kinetic energy, rather than relying on high-power lasers and expensive gasses, allowing 3D metal printing in the field, at affordable costs. The program aims to significantly increase parts available to the Army compared to what the regular supply chain can provide.
The Royal Australian Navy launched a similar Trial in November 2019 together with SPEE3D and CDU, to streamline the maintenance of patrol vessels.
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