Australian company SPEE3D has announced it will supply 3D printers to the Ukrainian armed forces on behalf of the US Department of Defense. The goal is to enable on-site maintenance and repair of military equipment.
SPEE3D said seven WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printers have been sent to Ukraine as part of a U.S. security initiative. In addition, Ukrainian soldiers and engineers are being trained in the use of the technology.
According to SPEE3D, this will allow troops to quickly produce spare parts and components for damaged war equipment. The printers use a cold spray process that applies metal powder through a nozzle at supersonic speeds.
As a result, they are robust and can be transported close to the front lines, SPEE3D said. The decentralized deployment allows for repairs in a short time, giving Ukraine an advantage. The delivery came as part of military support for the country under attack by Russia.