AML3D Limited, Edinburgh, Australia, has secured two further orders to produce metal additively manufactured components for customers in key target markets of defence aerospace and energy (oil & gas). The combined value of the contracts is around $100,000, with future commercial benefits expected, subject to customer validation and acceptance.
For the defence aerospace customer, AML3D will produce a nozzle consisting of four segments that will be additively manufactured using aluminium ER5183. The nozzle will have a total weight of approximately 500 kg and a combined length of just under 2 m. The nozzle is expected to take approximately seven days to build and will be produced locally in South Australia.
For the oil & gas customer, AML3D will additively manufacture a pure titanium plunger that will be used in a processing plant. Due to the high pressure and corrosive environment that exists within processing applications, the pure titanium part will not rust and is expected to withstand the high pressures that will be placed upon it. The American Petroleum Institute (API) recently approved the Additive Manufacturing standard API 20S for the Additive Manufacturing of parts for the oil & gas sector.
Both purchase contracts are on standard commercial terms with production utilising the company’s proprietary Wire Additive Manufacturing (WAM®) process, also known as Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM), a wire-based form of Directed Energy Deposition (DED).
“While the markets we service are largely evolving, the increasing interest in our offering and eagerness of customers to validate the process bodes well for our future success,” stated Andrew Sales, Managing Director. “These contracts are the culmination of months of technical engineering discussions, and provide a valuable base from which we will build future recurring revenue streams. We also anticipate that once these new customers test the capability of our parts, the opportunity to print further parts will be a logical next step.”
The AM components are anticipated to be finalised for delivery to the customers in Q3. The components will be subject to customer assessment, inspection and testing for their mechanical properties, internal soundness and to assess AML3D’s ability to produce to specification.