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AML3D to print prototype frigate for the Royal Australian Navy

As part of a contract with ASC Shipbuilding Pty Limited, trading as BAE Systems Maritime Australia (BAESMA)

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AML3D has signed a test part manufacturing contract with ASC Shipbuilding Pty Limited, trading as BAE Systems Maritime Australia (BAESMA), to design and build the Hunter class frigates for the Royal Australian Navy. The test part contract follows previously announced feasibility and commercial validation testing programs that demonstrated the AML3D’s Wire Arc Manufacturing (WAM) is a cost-effective manufacturing solution that meets the Royal Australian Navy’s standards.

The contract for a test Hunter class frigate component and additional test materials will be carried out at AML3D’s manufacturing facilities in Adelaide. Whilst the value of the initial test is not material and is not expected to exceed $200k, AML3D sees this as a significant milestone in the commercialization of WAM as a manufacturing solution.

The work associated with this contract will commence immediately and is expected to run for 8 to 10 weeks.
The new contract expands on AML3D’s relationship with BAESMA in Australia and is a demonstration of AML3D’s strategy to drive growth by accessing additional marine and defense markets. It is also illustrative of the role AML3D’s WAM technology can play in supporting sovereign manufacturing capability within Australia, which is also applicable to other markets, as is shown by the company’s recent sale to the US Navy.

“We had great confidence that our WAM technology would satisfy BAESMA’s testing and move into component manufacturing. AML3D has a focus on the significant demand we are seeing in the US, where we are enjoying a lot of success in winning a steady stream of contracts, but we also have a stated aim to develop our commercial relationships across additional marine and defense sectors. Expanding our relationship with BAESMA in Australia, as part of its work for the Royal Australian Navy, is a great example of delivering on this aspect of our growth plan and diversifying our revenue base,” said Sean Ebert, CEO of AML3D.

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