The Australian company SPEE3D has successfully participated in a major exercise of the US Marine Corps. During the annual Integrated Training Exercise, spare parts for military vehicles were produced directly on site using a 3D metal printer from SPEE3D. The WarpSPEE3D printer was used for two weeks at Camp Pendleton in California.
More than 3,700 Marines and Sailors were tested as part of ITX. Our WarpSPEE3D printed critical spares that were transported from the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California, to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. In the past, the U.S., U.K. and Australian armed forces have confirmed the reliability of our technology in the field, prompting many of them to purchase their own SPEE3D printers.
CAMRE also showed on social media how WarpSPEE3D was used to produce a baseplate that lifted a 22,000-pound Humvee vehicle shortly thereafter.
“Our involvement in ITX 4-23 is yet another testament to our commitment to partnering with the military worldwide to provide the best outcomes for rapidly printing 3D metal parts where they are needed the most—near the warfighter. It’s an honor to be invited, and we look forward to working with the United States Marines Corps for future training events”, comments Chris Harris, SPEE3D Americas VP of Defense.
“For two consecutive weeks during Integrated Training Exercise 4-23 with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, SPEE3D repeatedly demonstrated their ability to 3D print metal replacement parts, outdoors, in an expeditionary environment. What was impactful was their ability to produce parts in a matter of hours – not days – which could potentially offer warfighters and maintainers a competitive advantage in a contested environment”, says Chris Curran, Program Manager for the Consortium for Additive Manufacturing Research and Education (CAMRE).