U.S. Navy Chooses SPEE3D’s technology for its Maintenance Technology Engagement Exercise

May 19, 2022

DETROIT—Metal 3D printing technology developed by SPEE3D will play a key role in the U.S. Navy’s efforts to validate metal 3D printing technology as a tool for reducing and eliminating supply chain issues.

The Navy recently selected SPEE3D to take part in its MAINTENX exercise to manufacture deployable metal 3D printing technology at port and at sea, The technology will also be central to the Navy’s goal to validate metal 3D printing technology for ship maintenance operations that improve material conditions and repair battle damage, SPEE3D said in the release.

The MAINTENX trial will be conducted as part of the U.S. Navy’s ANTX-Coastal Trident 2022 at the Ventura County Naval Base between August 22 and September 2, 2022, according to the release.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the U.S. Naval Warfare Centers to test and validate our unique metal 3D printing capability that is used from anywhere—not just the lab—and to quickly print large scale parts that would otherwise take weeks or even months to manufacture,” said Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D, in the release. “We understand their operational challenges both on land and sea, and look forward to strengthening our existing relationships with the U.S. Department of Defense as a trusted partner.”

Earlier this year, SPEE3D was recognized by the Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) for its contribution to furthering defense manufacturing capability. The company won the inaugural Award for Expeditionary and Tactical 3D Printing Excellence at the 2022 Military Additive Manufacturing Summit

According to SPEE3D, its metal cold spray 3D printing process is “100 to 1000 times faster than traditional 3D metal printing.” By harnessing the power of kinetic energy rather than relying on high-power lasers and expensive gasses, the process is said to enable metal 3D printing at normal production costs.

For the MAINTENX program, SPEE3D will use its WarpSPEE3D large-format metal 3D printer. The WarpSPEE3D technology can print large parts or multiple parts at once, the company said.

The MAINTENX program, sponsored by NAVSEA 05T, seeks to accelerate the identification and implementation of leading-edge capabilities by the U.S. Navy and its partners in port and maritime security. The program consists of technical demonstrations, field experiments, and exercises to help solve fleet expeditionary maintenance and battle-related support requirements, according to the release.

MAINTENX gives technologists an understanding of operational challenges faced by the warfighter. It also gives the warfighter an understanding of developing technologies that could  meet their needs. Solutions will be demonstrated in a one-on-one setting onboard the Navy’s Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS), currently based at Port Hueneme, California, the company said.

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