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AML3D to print high-demand components for US Navy submarines

The company’s ability to 3D print these non-safety-critical (NSC) components, in metal, solves a significant supply chain challenge

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AML3D Limited has signed a contract to develop and 3D print a replacement component used in US Navy submarines. This high-demand component is no longer available from traditional manufacturers, which creates an opportunity to demonstrate the role AML3D’s additive manufacturing technology can play in addressing supply chain constraints across the US Navy’s Submarine Industrial base. The contract has been signed with BlueForge Alliance, a nonprofit, neutral integrator supporting the strengthening and sustainment of the US Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base, including through the acceleration of advanced manufacturing technologies.

AML3D to print high-demand, non-safety-critical (NSC) components for US Navy submarines - solving a significant supply chain challenge.
AML3D’s ARCEMY X Wire-arc AM.

The manufacturing contract is valued at circa A$2.02 million (US$1.51 million), payable upfront and upon meeting contract milestones. The contract will run for 9 months starting in September 2023. The non-safety-critical (NSC) components are high-demand components made with Nickel-Aluminum-Bronze (NAB) alloy material, which AML3D has qualified. The manufacturing contract will allow AML3D the opportunity to demonstrate that its ARCEMY AM technology can produce complex components of a high quality and exceed the material strength properties of the equivalent cast parts.

The NSC components manufacturing contract directly aligns with AML3D’s US scale-up strategy to embed the company’s proprietary ARCEMY technology within the US Defense and Maritime sectors. This contract follows recent Alloy Testing contracts and ARCEMY sales to support the US Navy’s submarine industrial base and demonstrates the increasing momentum across AML3D’s US operations.

“The delivery of these complex submarine components, which is no longer available from traditional manufacturers, demonstrates the important role of AML3D’s ARCEMY technology at a time of heightened interest in advanced manufacturing to help meet demand driven by the AUKUS alliance. AML3D’s focus is on the US defense, aviation, and maritime sectors and the company is well positioned to access the many opportunities that will be created as a result of the AUKUS Alliance, in the US, Australia, and Europe,” said Sean Ebert, Interim CEO of AML3D.

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