The US Department of Defense has ordered a large-scale industrial 3D printer to support parts supply to the US Navy’s submarine industrial base.
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The AML3D ARCEMY “X- Edition 6700” wire arc additive manufacturing metal 3D printing system is valued at approximately AU$1 million under a purchase order made by the US Department of Defense intermediary BlueForge Alliance.
The system is expected to substantiate advanced, on-demand manufacturing technology for the supply of parts to US maritime and defence sectors. The system will be located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
The system’s supply, shipping, installation, and commissioning is expected to begin upon receipt of the Authority to Proceed from BlueForge and could be completed before the end of this year.
AML3D chief executive officer Ryan Millar said the company is looking forward to future work with the US maritime and defence sectors.
“AML3D is excited to be supporting the US Navy’s submarine industrial base programs for the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies with an ARCEMY ‘X-Edition 6700’ system, our large-scale, industrial purpose solution,” Mr Millar said.
“This sale is a significant opportunity for AML3D, as it is part of a long-term strategic partnership with the US Navy helping them scale up submarine production with advanced additive manufacturing technology.
“This opportunity with the US Navy and the Submarine Industrial Base aligns with ALM3D’s strategy of focusing on ARCEMY product sales, especially in the US maritime and defence sectors.
“I look forward to providing further updates as we deepen our presence and partnerships in the US.”
There is also an additional contract for metal characterisation testing using ARCEMY systems with the US Navy later this year.