SPEE3D, Melbourne, Australia, has partnered with the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW), Germany, to bring its Additive Manufacturing technology to students at the institution. The University has installed a LightSPEE3D AM machine, making it the first European academic institution to utilise SPEE3D’s patented metal Cold Spray technology to additively manufacture new parts.
The LightSPEE3D AM machine will be under the supervision of the Institute for Material Sciences and Joining Lab, which specialises in Additive Manufacturing of metal parts, joining and robot-based manufacturing metals, overseen by Professor Dr-Ing Shahram Sheikhi, which supports masters, PhD, and postdoctoral studies. The goal is to prove the ‘form and function’ of additively manufactured parts and enable adoption in local industries such as maritime and aerospace.
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“The University of Applied Sciences Hamburg is a forward-thinking, innovative institution with Professor Sheikhi at the helm solving some of the world’s most pressing manufacturing issues,” stated David McNeill, Director of Business Development for EMEA at SPEE3D. “The opportunity to work with HAW Hamburg and support the European maritime industry represents a ‘sea change’ for Cold Spray printing in Europe. They can now make new parts in minutes that are more efficient and resilient than traditional supply chains allow.”
SPEE3D has stated that having its LightSPEE3D machine in one of Europe’s largest ports represents an exciting development. Both the university and Hamburg’s maritime industries are said to believe Additive Manufacturing is one potential solution to some of the most pressing problems for the port.
“The installation of the LightSPEE3D printer pursues the innovation path of alternative manufacturing and joining technologies whereby the goal of maritime research strategy can be accomplished in the next few years,” added Professor Sheikhi. “Through Additive Manufacturing, we expect a reduction of maintenance, repair, and conversion costs that can be ensured.”