Developed by Australian company SPEE3D, 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.
John Harrison, Global Director of Phillips Additive, states, “Since 2020, the high-speed capabilities of SPEE3D technology have proven to be an excellent addition in supporting the RIA’s manufacturing innovation objectives, and the scope of our P3 Program. The WarpSPEE3D printer at the RIA’s Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing facility will allow us to further our scope and make cutting-edge achievements in developing large-format applications for expeditionary forces in the US”.
Phillips Corporation, Federal Division, is the leading service provider and manufacturing partner to the United States Federal Government. Phillips Federal first added the metal Additive Manufacturing technologies of SPEE3D to support its Public Private Partnership (P3) and Additive Manufacturing programs at the US Army’s Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) in 2020.
In 2022, SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D technology will be added to the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing to support activities in material exploration and research, and the development and manufacture of future large-format applications and prototypes for the Army et al Armed Forces.
Since 2020, the WarpSPEE3D has been used often by Defense forces 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 and demonstrated that SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D printer was robust enough to operate in remote Australian bushland. In 2021, the program was extended to verify initial results, along with the establishment of new field trials and the Australian Army’s Additive Manufacturing Cell (AMC) technicians. In the 2021 field trials, the Australian Army successfully proved it is possible to 3D print, certify, validate, and replace armored vehicle parts in the field. The success of these trials demonstrated that additive manufacturing could play an important part in the future of Defense readiness.