AML3D receives alloy testing contract for US defence

March 23, 2023

AML3D’s Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) will be used to accelerate the adoption of AM by the US defence sector (Courtesy AML3D)
AML3D’s Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) will be used to accelerate the adoption of AM by the US defence sector (Courtesy AML3D)

AML3D Limited, Edinburgh, Australia, has announced an expansion of its US market scale-up strategy with a new contact for an alloy characterisation and testing programme to support the US Navy’s submarine industrial base. The contract has been signed with BlueForge Alliance (BFA), a non-profit, neutral convener and integrator supporting technology adoption and acceleration across the US defence sector in conjunction with the US Department of Defense.

The new contract is part of an ongoing expansion of AML3D’s strategic partnership with the US Navy. The alloy characterisation and testing program is intended to demonstrate that specific alloys that are additively manufactured meet the manufacturing standards required to supply components to the US Navy’s submarine programme. AML3D’s ARCEMY machines are designed to produce industrial-scale components on demand, at or near the point of need.

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The material characterisation and testing contract is valued at approximately AU $264,300. Whilst the value of the characterisation and testing contract is not material, the contract is said to demonstrate AML3D is continuing to build momentum in the US market, the largest Additive Manufacturing manufacturing market in the world and the company’s most important growth market. The work associated with this contract will be carried out at AML3D’s facility in Adelaide, South Australia. It will commence immediately and is expected to be completed within eight to ten weeks.

“AML3D is excited to continue to develop its long-term, strategic partnership with the US Navy’s submarine industrial base. Our expansion in the US comes at a time of heightened interest in the potential of advanced manufacturing technologies to help meet increasing demand driven by the AUKUS alliance between the US, Australia and Britain,” stated Ryan Millar, CEO, AML3D. “The alloy testing contract perfectly aligns with AML3D’s focus on the US defence, aviation and maritime sectors as drivers of growth. The alloy testing contract follows the sale, last month, of an ARCEMY X-Edition 6700 system, via BFA, for use at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, a key partner to the US Navy and other US global Tier 1 clients.”

Millar concluded, “AML3D will continue to maximise the growth opportunities we see in the US by building out our North American sales team and capabilities, including establishing a value-added reseller network. This expansion into the US will result in AML3D being well-positioned to access the opportunities that will be created as a result of the AUKUS Alliance, both in the US and Australia, where we have an established advanced manufacturing and research and development base in Adelaide, home to the Osborne Naval Shipyard, Australia’s largest naval shipbuilding hub.”

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