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AML3D extends contract for US Navy alloy testing program

Australian large-format 3D printer producer AML3D has introduced a contract extension to proceed Nickel-Aluminium-Bronze (NAB) alloy characterization and power testing to assist the US Navy’s submarine program. This builds on the constructive outcomes of the corporate’s preliminary NAB alloy testing contract signed in March 2023. 

This contract extension serves to additional show that AML3D ARCEMY 3D printed alloys meet the precise commonplace required to provide the US Navy’s submarine program. This deal aligns with ALM3D’s ongoing technique to embed ARCEMY steel 3D printing expertise into the US Navy’s submarine industrial base.

“We’re excited to proceed NAB alloy characterization and power testing to assist adoption of AML3D’s ARCEMY steel 3D Printing expertise inside the US Defence sector. This contract is additional proof of supply towards our US scale up technique and the continued growth of a long-term, strategic partnership with the US Navy’s submarine industrial base,” commented Sean Ebert, AML3D’s interim CEO. 

“This second NAB alloy testing contract comes at a time of heightened curiosity within the potential of superior manufacturing applied sciences to assist meet growing demand pushed by the AUKUS alliance. AML3D’s persevering with success within the US means we’re more and more effectively positioned to entry the alternatives that can be created, because of the AUKUS Alliance, within the Defence markets of the US and its companions, Australia and Britain.”  

Aluminum alloy wire feedstock. Image via AML3D.
Aluminum alloy wire feedstock. Photograph through AML3D.

Particulars of the contract extension 

The contract extension is price round $280,000 USD ($370,000 AUD), and was signed with BlueForge Alliance. This nonprofit, impartial integrator works to assist the strengthening and sustainment of the US Navy’s submarine industrial base, together with by means of the event of Superior Manufacturing applied sciences.  

Testing will start instantly at AML3D’s Adelaide-based facility, and can be performed over a interval of 8-10 weeks.

Ongoing efforts to combine ARCEMY into the US navy 

AML3D’s ARCEMY programs are designed to 3D print industrial-scale parts on-demand, at or close to the purpose of want. This contract extension builds on the profitable completion of AML3D’s first alloy characterisation and testing program to assist the US Navy’s submarine industrial base, signed in March 2023. 

Valued at roughly $264,300 AUD, this preliminary contract marked an growth of the corporate’s US Market scale-up technique. AML3D claims that the extension of this contract demonstrates persevering with momentum in its US scale-up technique, with the US being the corporate’s most essential progress market. 

Moreover, it was introduced earlier this yr that AML3D had accomplished the sale of a large-scale, industrial ARCEMY ‘X-Version 6700” Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) steel 3D printing system to help the US Navy’s implementation of WAAM expertise. Stated to be very important for shortly ramping up the availability of parts to the US Navy’s submarine industrial base, this WAAM system is AML3D’s most complete ARCEMY system. This 3D printer is presently being housed at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Nationwide Laboratory, and is price roughly $1.0 million AUD. 

ARCEMY X-Edition 6700 by AML3D. Image via AML3D.
ARCEMY X-Version 6700 by AML3D. Photograph through AML3D.

Metallic 3D printing and the protection sector

The usage of steel 3D printing is actually gaining traction inside the protection sector. Final month it was introduced that steel 3D printing firm Meltio had been acknowledged as a “strategic expertise associate” by the US Division of Protection (DoD) for its steel 3D printing expertise. This recognition is alleged to have strengthened Meltio’s relationship with the US Military, opening up additional alternatives inside the DoD and navy businesses worldwide.

Moreover, in January 2023, the US Navy introduced that it had put in its first Phillips Additive Hybrid steel 3D printing system onboard the USS Bataan. This Additive Hybrid system incorporates a Meltio wire-laser steel deposition head on a Haas TM-1 laptop numerical management mill, and is able to each additive and subtractive manufacturing. “The introduction of additive manufacturing into naval operations helps readiness and self-sufficiency,” commented Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, the Commander of Naval Floor Pressure Atlantic.      

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Featured picture exhibits the inside facet of AML3D ARCEMY industrial steel 3D printer. Photograph through AML3D.

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