Wire additive manufacturing (WAM) technology group AML3D and Deakin University are to jointly develop optimised technology for high strength alloys, such as wire feedstock for 3D printing and welding markets.
Following earlier success in a welding wire composition project with support from IMCRC, the company and Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) will focus on aluminium Scandium wire feedstock.
This is believed to have revenue generating opportunities in welding and wire additive manufacturing applications for maritime, defence and aerospace sectors, globally.
Several projects focusing on high strength application are now being scoped.
AML3D Managing Director Andrew Sales said the successful development of these alternative alloys provides significant potential upside for the company, as well as offering potential for sale as a standalone feedstock product.
Sales said: “The intended production of wire feedstock will provide an alternative within the general welding technology market that exceeds current applications.
“(And) application through WAM will provide customers greater flexibility in their choice of metal alloys, further enhancing the market leading position of our technology.”
AML3D said the project would 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.
Deakin senior commercial manager Andrew Rau said the IFM had a long and proud history of partnering with industry to deliver applied research leading to commercial outcomes.
Rau said: “This exciting partnership with AML3D is perfectly aligned with the unique facilities and capabilities within IFM.
“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.”
Picture: AML3D/founder and managing director Andy Sales
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