Additive Manufacturing technology company AML3D has received a purchase order from Perth-based international shipbuilder Austal to produce a prototype Davit arm lifting device for mounting on its ships.
The contract follows a MOU signed by Austal and AML3D as as reported by @AuManufacturing news.
AML3D has now completed the design and optimisation phase of the project which utilised the company’s design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) platform to produce a lighter, more environmentally friendly solution with greater load-bearing capacity.
Following structural verification through finite element analysis the prototype is now ready to be manufactured at AML3D’s Adelaide factory using its fully automated wire arc manufacturing (WAM) and WAMsoft technologies.
The manufacturing contract for the 2.7 metre long prototype which will be completed by 30 October is around $60,000.
AML3D managing director Andrew Sales said both companies anticipated that AML3D’s technologies may later be applied to a broad range of applications in shipbuilding.
Sales said: “We are focused on forming a long-lasting and co-beneficial relationship with Austal.
“This initial programme provides an excellent opportunity to showcase our capabilities, and we are confident will form a platform for further commercial opportunities.”
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