Just a day after announcing its new headquarters in South Australia, metal AM company AML3D has revealed its plans to establish a Research and Development facility within the upcoming Factory of the Future at the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide. The Factory of the Future—currently under development—is spearheaded by Flinders University and BAE Systems Maritime Australia.
AML3D will be installing an AML Arcemy unit at the Factory of the Future as part of a collaboration with Flinders University and BAE Systems Maritime Australia. The large-scale metal AM system is based on AML3D’s recently patented WAM (Wire Additive Manufacturing) process.
“The trials and research projects to be undertaken at the facility in conjunction with BAE Systems Maritime Australia and Flinders University will enable AML3D to further develop its large-scale metal Additive Manufacturing capability through added features such as in process measurement, monitoring and adjustment that will improve quality,” explained Andrew Sales, Managing Director of AML3D.
One of the key uses of the Arcemy system at the Factory of the Future will be to explore naval shipbuilding applications. Sharon Wilson, Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Strategy Director at BAE Systems Maritime Australia, elaborated: “The establishment of a permanent Line Zero facility will support the development of new manufacturing techniques and technologies within a factory-like environment that will ultimately be adapted to the state-of-the-art digital shipyard at Osborne, and beyond. This supports the growth of an enduring and uniquely Australian sovereign industrial capability that supports the nation’s continuous naval shipbuilding strategy for generations to come.”
Thanks to the R&D facility’s connection to Flinders University, students from the educational institution will have access to the WAM 3D printer, partaking in metal AM research projects and training modules related to metal AM and shipbuilding applications. The university will also provide access to testing and validation equipment.
“The opportunities for Wire Additive Manufacturing are endless and our researchers and students look forward to collaborating with AML3D to explore all the potential applications,” said Professor John Spoehr, Flinders University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Impact.
In addition to the R&D facility, AML3D recently partnered with Flinders University’s Microscopy and Microanalysis and the Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology to study the corrosion resistance of 3D printed WAM components for maritime applications.