AML3D signed a framework agreement to partner with Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM). The new framework agreement will support projects that utilize the unique facilities, capabilities, and expertise of IFM to develop next-generation materials and high strength alloys specifically tailored to WAM, furthering the technological and competitive advantage of the Company.
A particular focus of the partnership will be on optimizing technology for high strength alloys, as wire feedstock for 3D printing and welding markets. The partnership will support the specific designs of alloys that will deliver high-strength wire coil for printing, with no need for subsequent post-processing. This will open up new markets and applications for WAM, such as maintenance and repair tasks where WAM can be directly applied to existing vehicles and structures (where a subsequent heat treatment might not be feasible).
Such exciting new technology to be developed from the partnership is anticipated to open new target industries and sectors for AML3D, supporting the geographical and sector-based expansion of the Company. For example, AML3D and Deakin’s recent high strength aluminum – scandium wire feedstock project targets expansion into the marine, defense, and aerospace sectors, with opportunities existing in the Asia Pacific (Japan, South Korea), European (Germany, France & the UK) and North American markets as well as creating opportunity for bespoke wire feedstock sales through specific IP and company-branded consumables.
AML3D Managing Director Andrew Sales commented: “The successful development of these alternative alloys provides significant potential upside for our business, not only through its application in WAM and providing for other wire-fed DED processes, but the sales as a standalone feedstock product with widespread applications. The intended production of wire feedstock will provide an alternative within the general welding technology market that exceeds current applications. Whilst application through WAM will provide customers greater flexibility in their choice of metal alloys, further enhancing the market-leading position of our technology”.
With projects pertaining to the framework agreement currently underway, AML3D has identified additional alloy development opportunities with commercial outcomes which will be scoped separately under the agreement. The Company anticipates making future announcements as new projects relating to the agreement commenced.
Andrew Rau, Senior Commercial Manager at Deakin University commented: “IFM has a long and proud history of partnering with industry to deliver applied research leading to commercial outcomes. This exciting partnership with AML3D is perfectly aligned with the unique facilities and capabilities within IFM and collectively we are looking forward to developing a range of unique alloy solutions enabling AML3D to continue to expand the markets and applications for their patented WAM additive manufacturing process”.