Additive manufacturing company SPEE3D has won the Expeditionary & Tactical 3D Printing Excellence Award at an event in the United States.
The award was at the 6th Military Additive Manufacturing Summit in Tampa, Florida, held by the US Defense Strategies Institute (DSI).
“SPEE3D is very proud and humbled to be recognized in the US for our work with Defense. We must acknowledge that the Australian Army’s dedication to pursuing new innovation with us has been the backbone of our success,” said Steven Camilleri, CEO of SPEE3D.
“Their commitment to this project helped develop the groundwork for a better sovereign manufacturing future for Defense forces worldwide”
SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D printers have been used in Australian Army trials beginning in 2020, held at the Mount Bundey and Bradshaw Training Areas in the Northern Territory. Army technicians have manufactured dozens of case studies and proven 3D printing for replacement metal parts.
Work on trials with the Army earned the company the SME Innovation Award at the Land Forces event last year.
SPEE3D makes robotically-controlled printers which are based on the “cold spray” technique. This uses compressed air to blast metal powders through a nozzle at supersonic speeds, fusing them together on a surface to form near-net shapes. It has headquarters in Darwin and Melbourne, as well as international offices.
The Defense Strategies Institute summit was focussed on advancements in 3D printing and the integration of it into the Department of Defense’s operations.
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