SPEE3D, Melbourne, Australia, has announced the company’s official global launch and availability of its industrial metal Additive Manufacturing systems. Designed for scalable, just in time production, SPEE3D is said to be the world’s first metal 3D printer leveraging supersonic 3D deposition (SP3D) technology to deliver manufacturing grade printing at production speeds.
Rather than using heat to melt metal powders, SPEE3D’s patented technology uses supersonic deposition in which a rocket nozzle accelerates air up to three times the speed of sound to deliver manufacturing grade metal and high-density parts.
Reported to build metal parts in a matter of minutes, the company’s patented technology manufactures fast, low-cost and casting grade parts that are ideal for a range of commercial and industrial applications. SPEE3D can produce parts from brackets and manifolds to engine components in single or high-volume production quantities, economically, on-demand and at speeds that are claimed to be 100 to 1,000 times faster than traditional metal AM technologies.
“SPEE3D was started after I experienced the slow pace and lack of rigor in the high cost, traditional metal 3D printing industry,” stated Byron Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of SPEE3D. “In the past, users had to wait hours or even days to have a standard part delivered to them. Now, SPEE3D can print these same parts in mere minutes, on-site and in real time. This enables the accessibility of just in time production – allowing manufacturers the choice and flexibility of printing 10,000 parts or just a single part with ease.”
SPEE3D is currently installed at Charles Darwin University where the institution is researching new applications for the technology.
“Being the first organisation to install and run SPEE3D’s technology positions Charles Darwin University at the forefront of advanced manufacturing,” stated Rebecca Murray, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (AMA) at CDU. “SPEE3D and CDU have developed a strong partnership with the AMA, which is a unique university-industry-trade partnership with the goals to develop real world applications, create procedures and standards, and drive material development.”
SPEE3D will be at formnext in Germany from November 14-17 and will have a system on the show floor. Machines will also soon be installed and available for demonstrations in Frankfurt, Michigan and Sydney.