AML3D secures $1.54M purchase order for copper-nickel alloy testing for US Defense

May 8, 2024

AML3D Limited, headquartered in Edinburgh, Australia, has received a purchase order for AUS $1.54 million to support qualification testing of copper-nickel alloys for US Department of Defense applications.

This increased funding capacity follows the success of an initial CuNi alloy characterisation and testing contract to support the US Navy’s submarine qualification programme in September 2023. It is designed to streamline the procurement process for future CuNi testing contracts. The PO to increase funding for CuNi qualification testing has been signed with BlueForge Alliance, a non-profit, neutral integrator supporting the strengthening and sustainment of the US Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base through technology adoption and acceleration.

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Under the new CuNi qualification testing PO, AML3D looks to proceed immediately by utilising $0.2 million to secure supplies of CuNi wire feedstock to support continued alloy testing. AML3D is currently concluding a nickel-aluminium-bronze (‘NAB’) alloy testing programme for the US Navy’s submarine programme, which will give the company a good understanding of the US Department of Defense requirements for alloy testing and underpins its confidence that additional CuNi alloy testing contract will be secured. A successful conclusion of a CuNi alloy qualification testing programme will demonstrate that AML3D’s ARCEMY metal Additive Manufacturing machines can produce US DOD-certified parts across an expanded range of defence applications.

AML3D Managing Director Sean Ebert stated, “AML3D receiving this significant PO to continue more extensive CuNi alloy qualification testing is further evidence of AML3D developing a long-term, strategic partnership with key stakeholders within the US Navy’s submarine programme. We are looking forward to working with BlueForge and the US Department of Defence to continue the additional testing contracts that will deliver an effective CuNi testing programme.”

“Our continuing work testing and qualifying a range of alloys for the US Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base is designed to show how AML3D’s ARCEMY metal 3D Printing technology can be deployed to solve a variety of time, cost and supply chain challenges. Working across a range of alloys in support of the US Defence sector is also expected to highlight how ARCEMY could be deployed to support additional, globally significant Defence markets, such as those of the AUKUS Alliance partners, Australia and the UK,” Ebert concluded.

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