Additive manufacturing speeds up defence project delivery

Australian digital manufacturing solutions company Titomic Limited has delivered five prototypes of defence soldier systems products.

Completed in six months, the soldier systems were manufactured with the Titomic Kinetic Fusion AM process (TKF AM).

The quick turnaround of this project in only six months demonstrates the potential of metal additive manufacturing in sensitive applications. The standard time to completion for most defence industry projects is anywhere between 18-24 months. Using digital manufacturing techniques has in this case reduced cost and sped-up the time it takes from initial product idea to completion.

Titomic operates the world’s largest 3D metal printer, which can print products up to the size of airplane wings and submarines. The output size is up to 9m x 3m x 1.5m.

The soldier systems are part of a $1.8 million memorandum of understanding between the Australian Defence Forces and TAUV Pty Ltd to develop unmanned aerial vehicles, soldier systems and soldier sensors.

Titomic Limited is a Melbourne-based, metal additive manufacturing company that has the exclusive licence from CSIRO to develop complex-shaped titanium products. Titomic is working to find new applications for titanium with its proprietary TKF technology platform.

The partnership with TAUV will allow for the commercialisation of these soldier systems, which can be worn or deployed by military or civil security personnel.

“The TAUV project is a world first for additive manufactured titanium defence products and realises Titomic Kinetic Fusion viability for commercial mass production and revenue opportunities,” said Jeff Lang, Titomic managing director.

The next step for this project will be testing carried out by TAUV.