AML3D Limited, an Australian company offering a very large format metal WAM technology platform, signed and is executing a contract with Austal Limited to co-develop components for maritime defense applications. The contract evolved from an MoU formed with Austal in August 2019.
Austal identified AML3D as a leading provider of pioneering additive manufacturing technologies and design solutions. AML3D will utilize its in-house Design for Additive Manufacturing (“DfAM”) platform to optimize the design of the existing lifting device. AML3D aims to deliver a lighter and ergonomically friendly solution with enhanced load-bearing capabilities.
“We’re excited to design and manufacture advanced solutions for quality counterparties such as Austal. To be identified by Austal as a leading Australian innovator is a testament to our technology platform and provides a great opportunity to significantly expand our presence in the Australian & global marine sector,” commented Mr Andrew Sales, AML3D’s Managing Director.
The proposed next-generation lifting device is intended for installation on-board naval vessels constructed by Austal and will act as a showcase of AML3D’s technology platforms. The high degree of third-party design verification, mechanical testing, load testing and certification will further validate AML3D’s technology leadership in the market.
“This is an initial step towards a much bigger goal to incorporate additive manufacturing methods within our business and we are proud to be able to pursue this exciting path with a fellow Australian technology leader in AML3D,” added Mr. Andrew Malcolm, Austal’s Chief Digital Officer.
The initial design and development phase of this project is valued at less than $20k. The purchase order is a binding agreement for delivery of optimization and structural engineering design and development by 30 October 2020 prior to moving to a separate contract for manufacturing subject to Austal’s acceptance of this design and optimization phase. Payment terms are 45 days.
This project is highly aligned with AML3D’s strategic goal to apply WAM® to a broad range of applications in shipbuilding. To exemplify the expansion of these applications, Austal is interested in exploring WAM®’s robotic capabilities in large scale ship module constructions.