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Melbourne-based SPEE3D is working with the United States Department of Defense to deploy 3D printers and equipment training for the Ukrainian army, helping bolster Ukraine’s efforts in its ongoing war against Russia.
SPEE3D printers were supplied to Ukraine by the DoD through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and will be deployed in various locations throughout the country. The US Department of Defense invested in seven SPEE3D metal 3D printers and additional training for soldiers and engineers to leverage the company’s manufacturing technology. This capability will allow Ukrainian soldiers to rapidly fabricate critical parts for military equipment.
“We’re focused on giving Ukrainian soldiers resources to fortify the maintenance and repair capabilities when and where it counts most,” said Chris Harris, VP of Defence for SPEE3D. “Our metal 3D printers will allow Ukrainian soldiers to manufacture metal parts at the point of need and in real-time so critical equipment can stay in the fight.”
SPEE3D specialises in the research, development, and delivery of metal 3D printers and integrated systems utilizing its patented Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing (CSAM) technology. As a result, SPEE3D’s product portfolio enables significantly faster production than traditional metal manufacturing for a wide range of metals, including copper, aluminum, stainless steel, and aluminum bronze.
This cutting-edge technology allows broken and damaged machinery to be repaired in hours, offering a significant advantage for Ukraine. Having WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printers in the country and readily available equates to a significant advantage when replacement parts are not accessible, which is often the case in-theatre.
SPEE3D and the DoD have emphasized the importance of training soldiers to maintain and repair military equipment and salvage machinery. As a result, military personnel will now have the ability to print parts of consequence, large and small, that could otherwise halt an advance or cripple an operation. Deployable metal 3D printers can fabricate damaged parts quickly with SPEE3D’s proprietary and patented CSAM technology.
Unlike other types of 3D printing, which often use lasers, SPEE3D’s CSAM technology uses supersonic deposition using heated and compressed air moving at more than two times the speed of sound. This significant differentiator makes these printers ideal for manufacturing in a contested environment because they can be transported to or near the point of need.