This month, the SPEE3D team is at Fort Irwin with the REME soldiers from the British Army, making parts for the multi-national training force, with WarpSPEE3D printer. The British Army requested SPEE3D’s support throughout the US Army Future Command’s Project Convergence 2022, as part of a concept assessment.
As one of the first additive manufacturing companies to partner with the British Army, SPEE3D will be showcasing the WarpSPEE3D printer’s deployable technology for printing metal parts in the field, and in various conditions throughout the exercise.
The US Army’s Futures Command, Project Convergence is a flagship learning, experimentation, and demonstration campaign. From October 30 to November 9, 2022, in Fort Irwin, California, Project Convergence will evaluate approximately 300 technologies, focusing on advancing joint and multinational interoperability in future operational environments. Several thousand US, UK, and Australian service members, researchers, and industry partners are there to experiment with, and assess, these new advancements.
“We are thrilled to be invited by the British Army to collaborate and explore the capabilities and logistical impact of our additive manufacturing technology for the military,” said Byron Kennedy, Co-founder, and CEO of SPEE3D. “Our partnership over the last two years with them has validated the need for 3D metal printing to solve a myriad of challenges the military faces, and in rough terrain where they need a deployable and easy-to-use solution to print important parts quickly.”
“SPEE3D regularly works with defense, worldwide, to showcase their innovative additive manufacturing technologies to help solve some of the military’s most pressing supply chain issues,” said the British Army’s Lieutenant Colonel, Davidson Reith. “It’s our pleasure to be able to work with SPEE3D, giving the British Army the opportunity to learn lessons from a world-leading additive manufacturing company”.
SPEE3D’s unique, and patented, technology is 1,000x faster than traditional 3D metal printing. Enabling one of the world’s most affordable additive manufacturing processes to produce industrial quality metal parts from anywhere, in just minutes. SPEE3D’s process operates with compressed air and electricity, and so does not rely on helium or other gasses, unlike other large additive manufacturing printers. With the release of the recent Phaser Nozzle, the company’s process can currently produce parts from over 12 material sets, including copper, stainless steel, titanium, high-strength aluminum, and nickel-based carbides. More materials are currently in development.
In September, SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D was the first metal 3D printer in the world to be able to successfully manufacture metal parts on a US Naval ship during the US Navy’s REPTX trial. Then, just last month, the company unveiled XSPEE3D – the world’s fastest all-in-one containerized metal 3D printer. XSPEE3D was developed specifically for the military, based on the company’s experiences with the Australian Army during their world-first metal 3D printing field trials in 2020 and 2021.