British Army Invites SPEE3D to Demonstrate Rapid Metal 3D Printing for US Army – 3DPrint.com

The United States intends to further develop a relationship with its closest allies, working with the United Kingdom and Australia on hypersonic 3D printing and more. Today, Australian company SPEE3D was invited by the UK Ministry of Defense to demonstrate high-speed cold spray 3D printing to the US military. It’s all very friendly, indicating even more collaboration.

What is Project Convergence?

US Army Future Command Convergence 2022 Project is a technology-driven, multi-country military jamboree. Or, to put it in military language:

¨Project Convergence is the joint force that experiments with speed, range, and decision-making dominance to achieve overshoot and inform the joint combat concept and all-domain joint command and control. A learning campaign, it builds on a series of joint engagements across multiple domains to integrate artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomy to improve battlefield situational awareness, connect sensors to shooters and speed up the decision-making schedule. Because whoever can see, understand and act first will win.¨

The idea is to evaluate over 300 different technologies and vendors with members from various divisions, expertise and even countries such as the UK and Australia. This includes companies such as Viasat, which “[d]provides an IP-based voice, video and data network on X, Ku, commercial Ka and military Ka bands, including operation with Viasat’s high-capacity satellite service. ZKX, which has an “MFA engine” that ¨[p]provides Zero Trust multi-factor authentication for tactical and distributed environments. Think one part technician, two parts military fatigue and you’ll get the idea. The military is particularly interested in sensors, communications, robotics, artificial intelligence, medicine, sustainment and cloud computing.

The role of SPEE3D in the convergence of projects

SPEE3D’s cold spray technology is a very fast and inexpensive start-up technology. The process can also use relatively low-grade, low-cost powder. SPEE3D has also demonstrated with the British and Australian armies that it can also operate in relatively austere environments. The company can manufacture parts in copper, steel (316, 17-4), titanium, aluminum and other materials. This means that with a single technology, you can repair, recreate or invent several different families of parts. The company also has a containerized 3D printing solution, the XSPEE3D which can print at 100g/minute.

The British Army has asked SPEE3D to be present at a session from October 30 to November 9, 2022 at Fort Irwin, for an evaluation of the Convergence project. There will have been thousands of seekers and fighters at the event. Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D, said of the demo:

“We are delighted to be invited by the British Army to collaborate and explore the capabilities and logistical impact of our additive manufacturing technology for the military. Our partnership over the past two years with them has validated the need for metal 3D printing to solve a myriad of challenges faced by the military, and in rugged terrain where they need a deployable, easy-to-use solution. to quickly print important parts.

“SPEE3D regularly works with defense around the world to showcase their innovative additive manufacturing technologies to help solve some of the military’s most pressing supply chain challenges. It is a pleasure for us to be able to work with SPEE3D, giving the British Army the opportunity to learn from a world-leading additive manufacturing company,” said British Army Lt. Col. Davidson Reith .

It obviously makes a lot of sense for the United States and its allies to figure out how the future will impact them, and then leverage current and future technologies to prepare for what’s to come. This is a huge opportunity for SPEE3D. Just to give you an idea, the The United States is spending more on its military that the whole Australian GDP.