AML3D Limited, Edinburgh, Australia, has announced the sale of an Arcemy Additive Manufacturing machine to Curtin University, near Perth, Australia. Valued at AUD $1 million (US $667,000), the Arcemy utilises Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) – a form of Directed Energy Deposition (DED) – and will complement the existing R&D capabilities in Curtin’s new Additive Manufacturing Microfactory facility.
The sale is expected to support the growth of wire-based Additive Manufacturing at educational and research institutions, a development that is hoped to play a critical role in upskilling Australia’s defence manufacturing capabilities.
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As part of the deal, AML3D will provide three years of software licensing and technical support. Additionally, the Curtin Microfactory will reportedly act as a satellite R&D platform for AML3D to demonstrate Arcemy’s capabilities to potential customers across Western Australia’s mining, agriculture, oil & gas and defence maritime industries.
Under a separate partnership agreement, AML3D will collaborate with Curtin on a research programme utilising the new Arcemy machine, including contributing AUS $100,000 (US $67,000) per annum over three years to support a full-time research fellow and a PhD candidate. This research is set to focus on new alloys and materials science, with a bias towards the needs of defence customers.