SPEE3D, supplier of some of the fastest metal 3D printers in the world (using the company’s cold spray technology), and a current Australian Army manufacturing partner, has been selected by the US Navy to participate in the Navy’s MaintenX exercise to manufacture printing technology 3D metal deployable on land and at sea. The US Navy’s goal is to validate metal 3D printing technology to reduce and eliminate supply chain issues and address maintenance operations to improve the condition of ship materials and repair of battle damage. The MaintenX trial will be conducted as part of the US Navy’s ANTX-Coastal Trident 2022 at Naval Station Ventura County between August 22 and September 2, 2022.
“We are excited to partner with the US Naval Warfare Centers to test and validate our unique metal 3D printing capability that is used from anywhere – not just a lab – and to quickly print large-scale parts that would otherwise take weeks or even months to manufacture. said Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D. “We understand their operational challenges, both on land and at sea, and look forward to strengthening our existing relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense as a trusted partner.”
MAINTENX, sponsored by NAVSEA 05T, aims to accelerate the identification and implementation of advanced capabilities by the US Navy and its port and maritime security partners. The program includes technical demonstrations, field experiences, and exercises to help solve fleet expeditionary maintenance and combat-related support needs. MAINTENX gives technologists an understanding of the operational challenges faced by warfighters – and warfighters an understanding of the technologies being developed to meet their needs. The solutions will be demonstrated in a one-on-one setting aboard the Navy Self-Defense Force Test Vessel (SDTS), currently based in Port Hueneme, Calif.
SPEE3D’s metal cold spray 3D printing process is 100 to 1000 times faster than traditional metal 3D printing, enabling the most affordable metal additive manufacturing process to produce industrial-grade metal parts in minutes , from anywhere. The process harnesses the power of kinetic energy rather than relying on high-powered lasers and expensive gases, enabling metal 3D printing at normal production costs. For the MAINTENX program, SPEE3D will use its WarpSPEE3D, the world’s first large format metal 3D printer to use the patented SPEE3D technology. WarpSPEE3D can print large parts, or multiple parts at once, up to 1000mm x 700mm / 40 x 30″ in diameter and up to 40kg / 100lb.
SPEE3D has collaborated with the US Department of Defense as the inaugural recipient of the Defense Strategies Institute’s Expeditionary and Tactical 3D Printing Excellence Award, in recognition of outstanding achievements in 3D printing technology in support of DoD mission priorities. Earlier this year, Phillips Federal’s Innovation Center – co-located at the Rock Island Arsenal Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence – transitioned to a WarpSPEE3D to further develop the facility’s additive manufacturing capability and develop On-demand large format metal applications for the US military.