Defence to deploy SPEE3D technology in remote areas

Cutting edge 3D printing technology developed in Darwin, Australia, will be deployed by the Australian Army.

The Australian Army announced a $1.5 million investment in a 12-month pilot of SPEE3D technology to include soldier training in 3D printing.

It will trail SPEE3D’s large-format WarpSPEE3D 3D metal printer, installed on-base and deployed in the field for multiple Army exercises.

SPEE3D partnered with the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (AMA) and Charles Darwin University (CDU) to deliver the programme.

AMA, formed in 2017, will train soldiers in design and printing parts from CAD software to printer operation, part post-processing, testing and certification.

The programme aims to significantly increase parts available to the Army compared to what the regular supply chain can provide.

SPEE3D CEO, Byron Kennedy said: “This Army programme, in parallel with a similar project happening with The Royal Australian Navy, will enable the Australian Defence Force to grow our sovereign capability and lead the world in the field of additive manufacturing.”

The company’s technology uses metal cold spray technology to produce industrial quality metal parts in minutes, rather than days or weeks.

Pictures: SPEE3D/army soldiers at Charles Darwin University

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