SPEE3D, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, is partnering with the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (AMA) and Charles Darwin University (CDU) to deliver a twelve-month pilot programme to train soldiers from the Australian Army in Additive Manufacturing.
The Australian Army has reportedly invested AU$1.5 million into the programme, which will train twenty soldiers to design and produce parts by AM, covering each step from the CAD software to WarpSPEE3D machine operation, part post-processing, testing and certification. A WarpSPEE3D machine will be installed on-base and deployed in the field for multiple army exercises.
Byron Kennedy, SPEE3D CEO, stated, “This is another very exciting announcement for SPEE3D and the Australian Defence force. This army programme, in parallel with a similar project happening with The Royal Australian Navy, will enable the Australian Defence Force to grow our sovereign capability and lead the world in the field of Additive Manufacturing.”
1 CSSB Fitter Lance Corporal Sean Barton, one of the twenty soldiers being trained on the pilot programme, stated, “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and very different from my regular trade as a Fitter. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the software, learning about the design process and being one of the first to learn how to use the technology – it’s pretty cool.”