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AML3D’s metal 3D printer operational at US Navy manufacturing centre

AML3D Limited announced its ARCEMY ‘X-Edition 6700’ Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) metal 3D printing system has been successfully commissioned and is now operational at the US Navy’s Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (AM Co) in Danville, Virginia.

“We are extremely pleased to have a fully operational ARCEMY ‘X’, our largest industrial metal 3D printing system, at the US Navy’s Danville Center of Excellence,” said AML3D chief executive officer Sean Ebert.

The order, valued at $1.1 million, was facilitated via AML3D’s value-added reseller, Philips Corporation, with payments structured in stages corresponding to delivery and installation milestones.

Upon the successful completion of the commissioning process, the final payment, equivalent to 50 per cent of the total order value, will be triggered.

The effectiveness of the US ‘Scale up’ strategy, which generated over A$12 million in orders in 2023, is enabling AML3D to advance the establishment of facilities in the US.

Ebert said, “The successful commissioning of this system is a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of our US ‘Scale-up’ strategy, the benefits of having Phillips Corporation as a reseller partner to complement our US sales force, and very much supports exploring opportunities to establish US facilities.”

This initiative from AML3D aims to accelerate the adoption of AML3D’s advanced additive manufacturing technologies across various sectors, including US defence, federal, and corporate domains.

“The US Department of Defence is working to rapidly adopt advanced manufacturing technologies to establish sovereign defence supply chains that are resilient, competitive and sustainable,” said Ebert.

AML3D’s has a particular focus on bolstering the US Navy’s submarine industrial base and believe they will be able to pursue further opportunities typically limited to companies with US-based operations, given the sensitive nature of such projects

Ebert said, “The US Navy’s decision to install an ARCEMY X system at Danville demonstrates their confidence in AML3D’s advanced manufacturing technology and its ability to support the US Navy’s submarine industrial base.”

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