SPEE3D expands British Army’s Additive Manufacturing capabilities
April 5, 2023
SPEE3D, Melbourne, Australia, has announced that the British Army is to purchase its new XSPEE3D metal Additive Manufacturing machine to bolster its unplanned repair capabilities. In addition to the new Cold Spray AM machine, the British Army has signed a two-year contract to work with SPEE3D experts who will deliver training, working closely with the British Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
The XSPEE3D AM machine, and all auxiliary equipment, are housed in a standard, fully transportable shipping container, bringing on-demand manufacturing to anywhere a shipping container can be taken. Parts can be finished in hours instead of days, and can be made for any vehicle and platform, critical for deployed troops in an effort to maximise availability and minimise downtime. The machine is compatible with various metals, including aluminum 6061, aluminium bronze, and copper.
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“We are excited to be invited by the British Army to work closely together and bring our latest printer XSPEE3D to the field, offering a deployable and easy-to-use solution,” stated Byron Kennedy, co-founder and CEO of SPEE3D. “Working together with defence worldwide, we have explored the impact of Additive Manufacturing to solve real supply chain problems by printing critical parts on demand and in rough conditions. We look forward to growing our relationship with the British Army. We thank them for trusting us as their partner in this journey.”
Lt Col Davidson Reith added, “”The British Army chose to work with SPEE3D based on their successful track record of partnering with defence forces worldwide to provide the latest Additive Manufacturing solutions. We are proud to be a forward-thinking organisation and are always exploring the latest technologies to solve the military’s most pressing supply chain issues, which SPEE3D’s technology helps us to solve.”
As well as the British Army, SPEE3D has worked with military force worldwide. Most recently, the company worked with the US Navy, taking part in its REPTX exercise to manufacture deployable metal Additive Manufacturing technology at port and sea. The company has also partnered closely with the Australian Army on several projects – most recently in the remote Northern Territory – alongside exercise Koolendong to test and validate metal AM as a military capability.