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iKAD Engineering purchases Arcemy module WAM metal 3D printer

It will be used to manufacture pipes of multiple length and diameter dimensions

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Western Australia based iKad Engineering has acquired a highly specialized Arcemy module from AML3D. It is the third Arcemy WAM 3D printer that AML3D has sold this year, with an initial $300,000 purchase order received and a final sale value in excess of $500,000, subject to agreement on final specifications.

iKAD Engineering is a mechanical and structural engineering company providing project management and engineering solutions to Defence, Industrial, Mining, Marine, Oil & Gas, and Water Technology industries. The Australian company recognized the advanced capabilities of AML3D’s Arcemy module and its underlying Wire Arc Manufacturing (“WAM”) technology. With its flexible configuration, the Arcemy module’s ability to manufacture large scale structures of multiple length and diameter dimensions will provide iKAD with the opportunity to manufacture with higher deposition speeds and less downtime than traditional manufacturing practices.

“We are excited to work with AML3D by making a significant investment to enhance our manufacturing capabilities and grow our business through driving advances in Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capacity and technology,” commented Ivan Donjerkovich, iKAD Engineering’s Managing Director. “Australia – he added – has an enviable opportunity in being at the forefront of the biggest shifts in manufacturing since the early 1900s and we intend to be a big part of this focus in the Additive Manufacturing space. Our initial focus with this unit will be on servicing key clients within the Oil and Gas sector with future potential also in Defence and other industries.”

The production efficiencies that the robotic, dual wire feed Arcemy® module will offer iKAD will lead to a clear advantage as a versatile system designer and fabricator. Furthermore, the module’s integration will provide both iKAD and AML3D with the opportunity to strengthen Australian Sovereign Capability manufacturing offering to Defense.

The initial application by iKAD for the Arcemy module will be to manufacture pipes of multiple length and diameter dimensions. Pipes will feature elbows and flanges respectively, will vary between 4 and 12 meters in length: featuring diameters between 500 and 4,000 mm in size.

The phase one purchase order, for equipment and engineering design for the supply of a highly specialized Arcemy module tailored specifically for iKAD manufacturing applications, is valued at $300,000. After completion of phase one, it is anticipated that a second purchase order will be issued for construction, programming and commissioning. This is anticipated to be a similar amount to the phase one purchase order, subject to definition and agreement of specifications during phase one.

The sale of the Company’s third Arcemy module is an exciting milestone for AML3D. Its supply demonstrates further market penetration of this system into diversified engineering businesses and acts as an additional case study on how Arcemy units can be customized to suit particular customer needs.

“We see the iKAD Engineering purchase as a strong vindication of our ability to supply and commission a highly specialized multi-dimensional robotic pipe welding solution”, added AML3D’s Managing Director Andrew Sales. “The customization of the Arcemy module cements its commercial viability, and most importantly allows our customer to improve their manufacturing efficiencies through automation, 3D metal printing and additive joining,“ he concluded.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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