Metal 3D Printer : SPEE3D Cold Spray Technology Rapidly Manufactures Weapon Parts

On May 22, 2022, Antarctic Bear was informed that the U.S. Navy has selected SPEE3D’s cold spray metal 3D Printer technology to print military components on land and at sea in the future, helping to reduce and eliminate supply chain issues.

The supplier of SPEE3D Metal 3D Printer (with its unique cold spray technology), which is also the current Australian Army manufacturing partner, has been selected by the US Navy to participate in the exercise code-named MaintenX. Through this cooperation, it is intended to promote the deployment of 3D Printer in actual combat.

3D Printer ushered in practical verification

The U.S. Navy’s goal is to demonstrate the capabilities of metal 3D Printer technology in actual combat, enabling routine maintenance and solving supply chain issues. At the same time, it can also improve the lack of spare parts for old ships, as well as the repair of battle damage. The MaintenX trial will be part of the U.S. Navy ANTX-Coastal Trident 2022, which will take place at Naval Base Ventura County from August 22 to September 2, 2022.

“We are excited to work with the U.S. Naval Warfare Center to test and validate our unique metal 3D Printer capability, which can be used anywhere, not just in the lab. Enables rapid printing that often takes weeks or even months to manufacture large parts,” said Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D. “We are well aware of the challenges they face in combat on land and at sea, and look forward to furthering the partnership.”

Sponsored by NAVSEA 05T, the exercise program is designed to accelerate the ability of the U.S. Navy and its partners to continue operating in port and at sea. Includes technology demonstrations, field experiments and exercises to address fleet expeditionary maintenance and combat-related needs. MAINTENX educates technicians on the operational challenges facing warfighters, and at the same time, educates warfighters on 3D Printer to further meet their needs. The exercise will feature a one-on-one demonstration aboard the Navy Self-Defense Test Ship (SDTS), which is currently based in Port Hueneme, California.

Metal 3D Printers 100 to 1000 Times Faster

SPEE3D advertises their metal cold spray 3D Printer process, which is 100 to 1000 times faster than traditional 3D metal printing, enabling Metal 3D Printer to produce industrial-quality metal parts in minutes, anywhere.

Video of SPEE3D shot by Antarctic bear at Formnext 2019 to print a hammer in minutes

The process harnesses the power of kinetic energy, rather than relying on high-power lasers and expensive gases, to make metal 3D printers at a fraction of the cost. For the MAINTENX program, SPEE3D will use their WarpSPEE 3D Printer, the world’s first large format metal 3D Printer using the patented SPEE3D technology. WarpSPEE3D can print large parts or multiple parts at once, up to 1000mm x 700mm / 40 x 30 inches in diameter and up to 40kg / 100lbs in weight.

Further plans for SPEE3D

The company, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, is now the inaugural recipient of the Defense Strategic Research Institute, Expeditionary and Tactical 3D Printer Excellence Award. in recognition of the technology’s outstanding achievements in support of DoD, strategic priorities. Earlier this year, the Phillips Federal Innovation Center (3D Printer Center at Rock Island Arsenal) has now become WarpSPEE3D and will further develop defense 3D Printer technology for the U.S. Army in the future.

Watch Supersonic 3D Deposition Cold Spray Metal 3D Printer Technology Live

At the 2019 Formnext exhibition in Germany, Antarctic Bear saw the booth of SPEE3D, a low-cost metal 3D printer manufacturer headquartered in Australia, and exhibited its industrial-grade metal 3D Printer LightSPEE3D. Using supersonic 3D deposition (SP3D) cold spray technology, the machine is extremely fast and can print a metal hammer in 6 minutes.