SPEE3D Chosen by the British Army for the US Army’s Project Convergence Exercise

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In collaboration with the British Army, PIIF investee SPEE3D will demonstrate their WarpSPEE3D Printer at Project Convergence, showcasing the benefits of Additive Manufacturing technology to Defence.

This month, the SPEE3D team are at Fort Irwin with the REME soldiers from the British Army, making parts of consequence for a multi-national training force. Due to the world-leading, high-speed capabilities of their technology, the British Army has requested SPEE3D’s support throughout the U.S. Army Future Command’s Project Convergence 2022, as part of a concept assessment.

As one of the first additive manufacturing companies to partner with the British Army, together, they will be showcasing the WarpSPEE3D printer’s deployable technology to print metal 3D printed parts in the field, and in various conditions throughout the exercise.

The U.S. Army’s Futures Command, Project Convergence is a flagship learning, experimentation, and demonstration campaign. From October 30 to November 9, 2022, in Fort Irwin, California, Project Convergence will evaluate approximately 300 technologies, focusing on advancing joint and multinational interoperability in future operational environments. Several thousand U.S., U.K., and Australian service members, researchers, and industry partners are there to experiment with – and assess – these new advancements.

“We are thrilled to be invited by the British Army to collaborate and explore the capabilities and logistical impact of our additive manufacturing technology for the military,” said Byron Kennedy, Co-Founder, and CEO of SPEE3D. “Our partnership over the last two years with them has validated the need for 3D metal printing to solve a myriad of challenges the military faces, and in rough terrain where they need a deployable and easy-to-use solution to print important parts quickly.”

“SPEE3D regularly works with defence worldwide to showcase their innovative additive manufacturing technologies to help solve some of the military’s most pressing supply chain issues,” said the British Army’s Lieutenant Colonel Davidson Reith. “It’s our pleasure to be able to work with SPEE3D, giving the British Army the opportunity to learn lessons from a world-leading additive manufacturing company”.

SPEE3D’s unique, patented technology is 1,000 times faster than traditional 3D metal printing. Enabling the world’s most affordable additive manufacturing process to produce industrial quality metal parts from anywhere in just minutes. Their process operates with compressed air and electricity, and so does not rely on helium or other gasses, unlike large additive manufacturing printers. With the release of SPEE3D’s Phaser Nozzle announced earlier this year, their process can currently produce parts from over 12 material sets, including copper, stainless steel, titanium, high-strength aluminum, and nickel-based carbides, with more in development.

This project is an example of their on-going and world-leading advanced manufacturing work with global Defence Forces. As in September, their WarpSPEE3D was first metal 3D printer in the world to be able to successfully manufacture metal parts on a U.S. Naval ship during the US Navy’s REPTX trial. Then just last month, they unveiled XSPEE3D – the world’s fastest all-in-one containerised metal 3D printer that is highly mobile, easy to use, and can prints parts from anywhere in minutes. XSPEE3D was developed specifically for the military based on their experiences with the Australian Army during their world-first metal 3D printing field trials during 2020 and 2021.

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SPEE3D is an ambassador of the StartNT Program and received investment from Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund.

SPEE3D, based in Melbourne, Australia, recently celebrated the opening of its new factory and headquarters by welcoming visitors, including government officials. At almost 4,000 m2, the new facility is reported to be five times the size of its previous base.