Australian 3D printer manufacturer SPEE3D announced that it has partnered with the Japanese Ministry of Defense. The Ground Self-Defense Forces of Japan (JGSDF) in WarpSPEE3D and XSPEE3D printers to support local defense capabilities and promote academic training.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our presence into Japan and the APAC region. It is indeed an honour to collaborate with the Japanese military. Our aim is to train and prepare their forces to use the XSPEE3D printer in the field to address their most urgent supply chain issues through quickly manufactured on-demand parts”, said SPEE3D CEO, Byron Kennedy.
The technology behind SPEE3D:
- WarpSPEE3D: This is SPEE3D’s first large format metal printer. This can produce large metal parts in minutes or hours, making it more cost-effective and scalable compared to traditional manufacturing methods.
- XSPEE3D: This latest model offers a robust and mobile metal additive manufacturing capability. With SPEE3D’s patented cold-jet 3D printing technology and additional equipment in a ready-to-ship container, the XSPEE3D enables printing of metal parts in remote locations – an invaluable advantage for the military.
SPEE3D technology is already being used by various defense forces around the world, including in field trials by the Australian, U.S. and British militaries. The technology enables Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to produce critical spare parts from a variety of materials, including 6061 aluminum, aluminum bronze, copper and stainless steel, in minutes or hours.
Under the partnership, SPEE3D will provide comprehensive training, support and maintenance to the JGSDF for both WarpSPEE3D and XSPEE3D.