GoProto ANZ, an Australian 3D printing and manufacturing service, has announced the successful delivery of locally printed 3D products to Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) as part of its Land 400 Phase 3 offer to the Commonwealth.
GoProto is the first Melbourne-based 3D printing provider to work with RDA and provide products for its Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
On the back of the Land 400 Phase 3 roadshow for the Commonwealth’s acquisition of up to 450 IFVs, GoProto
successfully engaged with RDA’s Team Lynx using a range of digital technologies to inspire design prototypes.
GoProto 3D printed a range of functional PA12 components with multi-jet fusion technology. Delivered components included handles and communications panels.
RDA will embark on an extensive user testing analysis to select the best solution among three communications panels for soldiers’ rapid dismounting within vehicles.
“GoProto’s 3D printing technology allowed quick, clear and efficient communication around the design of the vehicle connectivity package involving teams juggling work from home lockdowns in different states," Simon Marriott, Managing Director of GoProto ANZ said. "As a SME offering local additive manufacturing services, we are able to respond quickly to design challenges and put different prototypes with full production functionality into the hands of the Rheinmetall team.
"We look forward to more opportunities to incorporate 3D printing as an Australian industry capability with Rheinmetall and a sovereign advantage for the ADF.”