AML3D Limited, headquartered in Edinburgh, Australia, has announced a first order for its 2600 Edition ARCEMY system from Laser Welding Solutions (LWS), based in Houston, Texas, USA. As a key supplier to the US Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base, LWS will provide a range of Nickel Aluminium Bronze (NAB) components for US Navy applications.
The 2600 Edition ARCEMY is AML3D’s smallest Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (a form of Directed Energy Deposition) machine and will be leased by LWS for a 12-month period, with the option to purchase the system outright at any point during the lease term. The lease is valued at approximately AUS $270,000 (US $220,000) and includes a 12-month software licensing and technical support contract. If LWS decides not to purchase the ARCEMY system, it will be returned and available for redeployment in support of AML3D’s US Scale up strategy.
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The lease contract allows LWS to support the development of metal Additive Manufacturing components for the US Navy while reducing the risk of entering ARCEMY production. To expedite LWS’ adoption of AML3D’s Additive Manufacturing technology, a 2600 Edition ARCEMY machine will be airfreighted from AML3D’s facility in Adelaide, South Australia, to LWS’ base in Houston, Texas, and is expected to be operational within 8 to 10 weeks.
AML3D is currently involved in the testing of an ARCEMY metal additively manufactured NAB alloy for qualification to US Navy standards. This programme is funded through the BlueForge Alliance. The LWS ARCEMY system’s NAB components will also be utilised to support and expedite this qualification process. The BlueForge Alliance is a nonprofit, neutral integrator that supports the enhancement and sustainability of the US Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base by promoting the adoption and acceleration of technology.
AML3D CEO Sean Ebert shared, “This lease contract with LWS is further evidence of increasing demand for AML3D’s technology within the US Navy submarine industrial base supply chain. It is exciting to see the momentum within AML3D’s US Scale up strategy continuing to build and to see the commercial benefits flowing from our deepening relationship with BlueForge Alliance and we will remain alert to opportunities to maximise this advantage, such as lease agreements and the rapid deployment of our ARCEMY systems.”
“AML3D is committed to providing the US Defence sector with point of need advanced manufacturing solutions and to developing and deepening our long-term, strategic partnership with key stakeholders within the US Navy’s submarine program and supply chain. Our US scale up strategy also includes meeting the advanced manufacturing and metal 3D printing needs of global Tier 1 Oil and Gas and Aerospace companies. Our newly established relationship with LWS is built around supporting the US Navy’s submarine industrial base but LWS is also a key supplier to Tier 1 US Oil and Gas majors, which may present opportunities in this sector in the future,” Ebert concluded.