US Navy’s MAINTENX chooses SPEE3D’s cold spray metal 3D technology
SPEE3D, supplier of some of the fastest metal 3D printers in the world (using the company’s cold spray technology) and current manufacturing partner of the Australian Army, has been selected by the US Navy to participate in the Navy MaintenX exercise to make 3D drop-down metal. printing technology both on land and at sea. The U.S. Navy’s goal is to validate metal 3D printing technology to reduce and eliminate supply chain problems and address maintenance operations to improve the condition of the ship’s materials and repair damage to the ship. battle. The MaintenX test will be conducted as part of the U.S. Navy’s ANTX-Coastal Trident 2022 at Ventura County Naval Base between August 22 and September 2, 2022.
“We look forward to working with the U.S. Naval Warfare Centers to test and validate our unique metallic 3D printing capability that is used from anywhere, not just a lab, and to quickly print parts to otherwise it would take weeks or even months to build, ”said Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D. with the U.S. Department of Defense as a trusted partner. “
MAINTENX, sponsored by NAVSEA 05T, aims to accelerate the identification and implementation of cutting-edge capabilities by the U.S. Navy and its port and maritime security partners. The program consists of technical demonstrations, field experiments, and exercises to help solve the requirements of expeditionary fleet maintenance and battle-related support. MAINTENX offers technologists an understanding of the operational challenges facing the warrior, and the warrior an understanding of the development of technologies to meet their needs. The solutions will be demonstrated in an individual environment aboard the Navy’s self-defense test vessel (SDTS), currently based in Port Hueneme, CA.
SPEE3D’s cold metal spray 3D printing process is 100 to 1000 times faster than traditional 3D metal printing, making the metal additive manufacturing process more affordable to produce metal parts. industrial quality in minutes, from anywhere. The process harnesses the power of kinetic energy instead of relying on high-power lasers and expensive gases, allowing 3D printing of metal at normal production costs. For the MAINTENX program, SPEE3D will use its WarpSPEE3D, the world’s first large-format metallic 3D printer using SPEE3D’s patented technology. WarpSPEE3D can print large or multiple pieces at a time, up to 1000 mm x 700 mm / 40 x 30 “in diameter and up to 40 kg / 100 lbs.
SPEE3D has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense as the inaugural winner of the Institute for Defense Strategies Award for Expeditionary and Tactical 3D Printing Excellence in Recognition of Outstanding Technology Achievements in 3D printing in support of DoD mission priorities. Earlier this year, the Federal Phillips Innovation Center, located at the Rock Island Arsenal Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, was upgraded to a WarpSPEE3D to further develop the facility’s additive manufacturing capability. and develop large-format metal applications and parts on demand for the U.S. Army.