Metal printing has seen strong application growth in areas of niche production, such as for complex aerospace components or dental products. The production of at-will spare parts has so far proven elusive due to the low build rates available. SPEE3D have recently demonstrated that their high speed CSAM metal printing technology presents a new way to solve the problem of metal parts on demand at the point of need. The new CSAM capability allows parts to be made in the workshop and expeditionary environments where they are needed and at the speed they are needed, presenting a real-world commercial solution to the emerging problems of global supply chains and logistics. This presentation will include several case studies from the 2021 and 2020 field trials of SPEE3D equipment conducted by the Australian Army. The Australian Army have proven it is possible to 3D print and replace armored vehicle parts in the field. Various parts for the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier were replaced with metal parts manufactured on-site. Parts were identified, 3D printed, certified and then subsequently installed on vehicles.
- Determine if expeditionary manufacturing can benefit their organization.
- Understand the challenges to expeditionary manufacturing and how the Australian Army overcame these.
- Understand how parts can be tested and certified in the field.