Melbourne based company SPEE3D has announced it is working with the United States Department of Defense (DOD) to deploy 3D printers and equipment training for the Ukrainian army, helping bolster Ukraine’s efforts in its ongoing war.
SPEE3D printers were supplied to Ukraine by the DOD through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and will be deployed in various locations throughout the country.
“We’re focused on giving Ukrainian soldiers resources to fortify the maintenance and repair capabilities when and where it counts most,” said Chris Harris, VP of Defense for SPEE3D.
"Our metal 3D printers will allow Ukrainian soldiers to manufacture metal parts at the point of need and in real-time so critical equipment can stay in the fight.”
The U.S. DOD invested in seven SPEE3D metal 3D printers and additional training for soldiers and engineers for use of the manufacturing technology, that will allow Ukrainian soldiers to fabricate parts for military equipment.
Although other 3D printers often use lasers, SPEE3D’s CSAM technology uses supersonic deposition to spray heated and compressed air more than two times the speed of sound. This differentiator makes these printers useful for manufacturing in a contested environment as they can be transported to or near the point of need.
“By training Ukrainian soldiers and engineers to leverage metal 3D printing, we’re not only enabling them to print a part—we’re giving them tools to solve critical problems," said Calum Stewart, Director of Defense Programs, EMEA.
"This cutting-edge technology allows broken and damaged machinery to be repaired in hours—offering a significant advantage for Ukraine. Having WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printers in the country and readily available equates to a significant advantage when replacement parts are not accessible, which is often the case in theatre.”