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SPEE3D Metal 3D Printing Technology to be Deployed by the Royal Australian Navy

Australian cold spray metal 3D printer manufacturer grows with $1.5 million investment

The Australian Government today announced a $1.5 million investment into a two-year pilot of SPEE3D technology for the Royal Australian Navy including the deployment of a WarpSPEE3D 3D metal printer. Cold spray 3D printing technology developed by the Darwin, Australia, based company will be deployed by the Royal Australian Navy in a world-first trial that will streamline the maintenance of patrol vessels.

SPEE3D partnered with the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (AMA) and Charles Darwin University (CDU) to deliver the program. The company had also collaborated with CDU to form AMA in 2017, an initiative that is now recognized as a global center of excellence for real-world applications of 3D printing technology.

“We’re excited to be working with The Royal Australian Navy and the Additive Manufacturing Alliance on this program,” commented SPEE3D CEO Byron Kennedy. “Having the capability to produce high-quality metal parts on-demand, in the field or at sea will be groundbreaking for the Australian Defence Force.”

Royal Australian Navy

Originally unveiled at Formnext 2017, SPEE3D’s supersonic 3D printing technology has always targeted at final part production, 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 or at sea, at affordable costs. The program aims to significantly increase parts available to the Navy compared to what the regular supply chain can provide.

“This high-tech machinery enables metal components to be produced quickly and efficiently, meaning our ships can get back on the water without delay,” said Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price MP, congratulating the Charles Darwin University’s Manufacturing Alliance and SPEE3D, for producing the cutting edge and uniquely Australian capability. “Benefiting both the Navy and industry, the knowledge transfer gained using this capability also positions the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance to pursue further opportunities.

“This capability is a prime example of Australian innovation at its best and supports the Government’s unprecedented shipbuilding and sustainment plans – said Ms. Price.

Royal Australian Navy

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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