A large-format SPEE3D metal 3D printer was installed by the Fleet Support Unit (FSU) at HMAS Coonawarra last week, providing the RAN with the capability to print their own metal parts, on demand.
SPEE3D’s metal printing technology was developed in Australia and claims to be the world’s fastest and most economical metal 3D printing technology. It is the only large format metal 3D printing technology that has been trailed and proven field- deployable by Defence.
SPEE3D recently completed a series of successful field trials deploying the WarpSPEE3D printer to the remote outback with the Australian Army. The government funded the $1.5 million trial which included the training of Army craftsmen and engineers in 3D printing at Charles Darwin University in everything from design to certification of parts.
The program resulted in a range of parts that the Army are now able to print and finish in the field at a fraction of the cost and time of current supply chains. The pilot program with the RAN is expected to produce similar results.
“We are excited to be working with RAN on this program," SPEE3D CEO Byron Kennedy said. "Having the capability to produce high-quality metal parts on-demand, in the field or at sea will be ground-breaking for the ADF.”