Spee3D recently announced a contract with the Japan Ministry of Defense to provide WarpSpee3D and XSpee3D printers for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).
The WarpSpee3D is a large-format metal 3D printer, enabling significantly faster, more cost-effective, and more scalable production than traditional manufacturing. The recently launched XSpee3D printer is custom-built for defense, offering a containerized, ruggedized, deployable metal additive manufacturing capability with all the necessary functions to build metal parts in one place. Both printers utilize Spee3D’s patented cold spray additive manufacturing (CSAM) technology.
Defense requires additive manufacturing technology that can quickly produce parts from well-known metal alloys to address real-time needs in the field where forces are typically located. Working with Spee3D, Japan’s defense forces will now have the unique capability to produce parts in record time and at the point of need in critical situations. JGSDF will receive training, support, and maintenance for both printers, including in-the-field exercise programs with the XSpee3D.