Developed by Australian company SPEE3D, the WarpSPEE3D CSAM technology will be assigned at Phillips Federal’s Center of Innovation co-located at the Rock Island Arsenal’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. Phillips Federal and the US Army will use the WarpSPEE3D to further develop the facility’s additive manufacturing capability, and develop large format, parts-on-demand metal applications for the US Army, the company writes in a press release.
Phillips Federal first added the metal additive manufacturing technologies of SPEE3D to support its Public Private Partnership and additive manufacturing programmes at the US Army’s Rock Island Arsenal in 2020.
According to Phillips, WarpSPEE3D has been used often by the military for an on-demand, deployable metal manufacturing capability. In 2020 and 2021, the Australian Army conducted several field trials with their WarpSPEE3D tactical printer at Mount Bundey, and Bradshaw Training Area during Exercise KOOLENDONG. The field trials in 2020 resulted in over fifty case studies of printable parts. In 2021, the programme was extended to verify initial results, along with the establishment of new field trials and the Australian Army’s Additive Manufacturing Cell technicians. In the 2021 field trials, the Australian Army proved it is possible to 3D print, certify, validate and replace armoured vehicle parts in the field.