3D printer specialist SPEE3D is among the winners of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology’s (OSD ManTech) Point of Need Challenge for solutions to support forces deployed overseas in harsh environments.
Approximately $2.5 million will go toward the program, with industry partners contributing an additional $700,000.
In the challenge, the company will showcase its patented Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing (CSAM) technology. This allows metal parts to be 3D printed, even under freezing conditions. The quality of these parts rivals those printed in a shop or lab. A demonstration of the XSPEE3D expedition model will take place this year at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire.
“Given our proven track record of working with the military in very hot and dry environments, we look forward to demonstrating our expeditionary manufacturing and repair capabilities in sub-freezing conditions. We are honored to work with the OSD to showcase our patented Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing technology” – Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D.
Over 60 organizations submitted applications, only 11 teams made it to the finals, which required a presentation at the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. In total, six projects from five Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs) were selected for approval, including SPEE3D’s project in the “Staying in the Fight” category. LIFT ,a Department of Defense-approved MII based in Detroit, was a partner.
Find out more about SPEE3D at spee3d.com.