SPEE3D, based in Melbourne, Australia, has announced that the Missouri University of Science & Technology (S&T), Rolla, Missouri, USA, has purchased a WarpSPEE3D Additive Manufacturing machine for the Kummer Institute Center for Advanced Manufacturing. The machine is intended to address research manufacturing and industry supply chain needs, such as replacing castings and forgings, whilst also being used in workforce development training for students.
The WarpSPEE3D will be located in the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies on campus, with plans to showcase it at the new Missouri Protoplex (scheduled to open in 2025). This facility intends to merge the local manufacturing needs of businesses and academia, serving as a hub for researching new materials, prototyping and testing new manufacturing processes, developing workforce competencies, and solving multi-discipline problems required to bring integrated cyber-physical manufacturing systems into practical use.
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“SPEE3D has been grateful to partner with leading academic institutions worldwide, and we’re thrilled a forward-thinking academic institution like Missouri S&T will bring the printing capabilities of the WarpSPEE3D to their students and the community,” stated Steven Camilleri, co-founder and CTO, SPEE3D. “The partnership will showcase our unique cold spray technology, giving academia and businesses the ability to print large-scale parts quickly that would otherwise not be available.”
Missouri S&T reportedly chose the WarpSPEE3D to better understand SPEE3D’s proprietary metal Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing technology and to address the immediate needs of the industry on a larger scale. It builds parts up to 40 kg and up with a diameter up to 1 m x 70 cm in hours as opposed to days.
Bradley Deuser, Kummer Institute Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Missouri University OS&T, Assistant Research Professor, and Manufacturing Engineer, concluded, “The manufacturing academia community is quickly adopting new technologies such as Additive Manufacturing to train the future of the workforce and address real-world supply chain business needs. Understanding the capabilities of SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D printer will help us address different use cases for industry needs such as castings and forgings, which will help drive lower lead times, and drive domestic US manufacturing, including locally here in Missouri.”