SPEE3D’s metal 3D printing technology is reported to offer fast and economical additive manufacturing capability. It can be deployed to manufacture and supply metal parts on demand in remote, harsh environments. (Photo courtesy SPEE3D)

The technology earned SPEE3D the inaugural Expeditionary and Tactical 3D Printing Excellence Award from the Defense Strategies Institute

February 15, 2022

 DETROIT— A metal 3D printing technology developed by SPEE3D was recognized recently by the Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) for its contribution to furthering defense manufacturing capability.

SPEE3D is a supplier of additive manufacturing technology that can be deployed in the battlespace to print parts on demand. The company won the inaugural Award for Expeditionary and Tactical 3D Printing Excellence at the 2022 Military Additive Manufacturing Summit, SPEE3D said in a release.

The 2022 Military Additive Manufacturing Summit took place in Tampa, Florida, in January. It focused on advancements in 3D printing and how the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is working to quickly integrate additive manufacturing  technologies to supply durable, affordable equipment and parts to the warfighter in the battlespace.

“We had an incredible number of entries this year from various esteemed government, defense industry, and defense prime organizations based in the U.S., and internationally,” said Richard Giordano, director of programs at the Defense Strategies Institute, in a statement. “The 3D Printing Awards is dedicated to recognizing individuals, or groups, that have exemplified an outstanding achievement in 3D printing in support of DoD mission priorities. We would like to congratulate all of the recipients making waves in the advanced manufacturing space to improve defense sovereign capability.”

SPEE3D focuses on development, assembly, and distribution of machines and integrated systems based on a patented cold-spray technology. The company’s metal 3D printing technology can be successfully deployed to manufacture and supply metal parts on demand in remote, harsh environments. Its products are said to enable significantly faster, lower-cost, and more scalable production than traditional printing techniques for copper, aluminum, and other materials.

SPEE3D has worked with the Australian Army since 2020 to conduct field trials that have put the WarpSPEE3D tactical printer to the test in the rugged bushland of Mount Bundey and the Bradshaw Training Areas. The Australian Army’s Additive Manufacturing Cell (AMC) technicians are said to have manufactured dozens of case studies at these locations, confirming that metal applications can be 3D printed, validated, certified, and put to use in the field, according to the release.

The Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) is a non-partisan Institute designed to assist in advancing the mission-critical goals of the United States military and government. It organizes the Annual Military Additive Manufacturing Summit event, which enables thought leaders and key policymakers across military services, defense agencies, and civilian organizations to come together for actionable discussions and debate, according to the release.

More information on SPEE3D’s technology and work with Defense, including videos and case studies are available at: https://spee3d.com/

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