The U.S. Department of Defense has recognized Meltio, the Spanish market leader in 3D printing solutions, as a “strategic technology partner”. This is the first time that a Spanish company in this sector has received such an award. This technology makes it possible to produce and repair parts using 3D printing, improving manufacturing autonomy and supply chains in the defense sector.
The recognition strengthens the partnership between Meltio and the U.S. Army, and opens opportunities for collaboration with other U.S. defense departments as well as armies in other countries. Meltio strives to become a technological pioneer in 3D metal printing using welding wire, known as DED (Directed Energy Deposition).
Ángel Llavero López de Villalta, CEO of Meltio, said: “The award we have received is a recognition to Meltio’s professionals and gives reliability to our technology. For us, the military sector is a sector that allows us to bring together all the applications of our disruptive metal 3D printing technology. And it is an opportunity for Meltio to develop a dual application for the civil and military sector. Our technology has the potential to transform different sectors thanks to metal additive manufacturing such as supply chains, logistics, repair and manufacturing of metal parts compared to other conventional techniques such as forging and machining. There are currently many armies in other countries that have Meltio’s metal additive manufacturing technology and we want to stand out as a strategic and technological partner for the military sector, also in Spain.”
The U.S. Department of Defense has recognized Meltio and Phillips Corporation’s system: “This is a technology with a very robust capability for fabrication and for near net shape part production. It offers a very valuable approach that uses standard welding wire that is already available in U.S. Department of Defense manufacturing environments, a coil of wire can be made into a near net shape for any part, thus avoiding the need for large stocks of shapes/forms/sizes of raw material.”
Meltio and its U.S. distributor Phillips Corporation have also received the xTechInternational award for advanced manufacturing and materials. This award aims to involve leading global technology players to provide their solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense. This underlines Meltio’s position as a trusted strategic and technological partner in the defense sector.