Additive Manufacturing Solutions (AMS) has announced it is working with the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) to investigate the technical feasibility of recovering critical materials from military assets that are no longer required.
For AMS, this milestone contract with the MOD represents a significant shift towards a sustainable and resilient UK-centric supply chain. Notably, this agreement underlines AMS’s capabilities and highlights the alignment of its vision with key defense industry stakeholders.
AMS Director & CEO Rob Higham remarked, “AMS has tirelessly built momentum and exper%se within the additive powder market, with a sharp focus on providing recycled feedstocks. This agreement represents the next phase in our mission to commercialise recycled materials within the additive manufacturing feedstock market. It stands as a crowning achievement in AMS’ history. Supporting the MOD in addressing critical mineral accessibility and capability is an honour and a testament to the efforts of the entire AMS team.”
This collaboration will support the MOD in enabling a resilient UK-based supply chain and directly influence the supply of key minerals, including titanium, to the UK market. This initiative advocates a high value, circular economy approach to sourcing input materials and positions the MOD at the center of future supply dynamics.
DESA’s Submarine Recycling, Sustainability & Innovation Programme Manager Thomas Powell commented on this award: “This innovative technical feasibility study, to be delivered by Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd., is another confident step forwards on MOD’s sustainability and circular economy journey. It is a delight to be able to partner with Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. and UK Strategic Command Defence Support to advance the MOD’s understanding as to whether redundant and surplus Defence Assets can be upcycled into new capabilities thereby reducing costs, increasing resiliency, maximising operational availability and enabling MOD to capitalise on and exploit new and emerging technologies for maximum opera%onal advantage.”
The first phase of this collaboration includes a comprehensive capability assessment for the MOD, including atomization trials, additive manufacturing feasibility and future materials investigation. AMS plans to deliver demonstration geometries using recycled precursor materials through collaboration with a major MOD supplier. The outcome will be aligned with subsequent phases focused on material qualification and industrialization. This partnership embodies AMS’ commitment to innovation and sustainability while reinforcing MOD’s strategic vision for a robust and self-sufficient supply chain.