Australian Army Soldiers standing in front of a WarpSPEE3D printer in 2020.
Australian Army Soldiers standing in front of a WarpSPEE3D printer in 2020.

The Australian Army has reportedly extended its industry partnership with metal 3D printing company SPEE3D.

The contract is set to continue in 2021, with plans to trial SPEE3D technology for a further 12 months. Plans are to develop new ways to 3D print unique metal repair parts.

‘Last year, in the trials, our technology proved the potential to complement defense’s existing supply chain with the ability to easily replace damaged parts by manufacturing their own,’ said Steven Camilleri, CTO. ‘SPEE3D is pleased to have been selected to partner with the Army again in further developing the future capability of defense in Australia.’

In 2020, the Army announced an AUS$1.5 million investment into a 12-month pilot of SPEE3D technology, followed by the training of soldiers in 3D printing and two trials of the company’s WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer on-base and deployed in the field.

During the trial, Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering soldiers from the 1st Brigade designed and manufactured over 50 case studies of parts, the company said.

This story uses material from SPEE3D, with editorial changes made by Materials Today.