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Nupress and SPEE3D deliver applications to Amphibian Aerospace

The collaboration will focus on evaluating the manufacturing method required to create compliant amphibious aircraft parts using SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer

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Nupress, a leading Australian manufacturer, in partnership with SPEE3D, will evaluate and supply applications to the Amphibious Aircraft project with a production service that grants local manufacturers access to the WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer, which is located at the Nupress headquarters. The collaboration will focus on evaluating the manufacturing method required to create compliant amphibious aircraft parts using SPEE3D’s advanced manufacturing process as a substitute for traditional casting techniques that rely on wrought material.

Amphibian Aerospace Industries, Pty Ltd (AAI) is an Australian company established as the manufacturing and product development arm of the Australian-owned Amphibian Aircraft group of companies. AAI is the holder of US Federal Aviation Administration ‘Type Certificate’ for the HU-16 and G-111 Albatross amphibious aircraft, with the vision to be a world leader in the development and production of amphibian aerospace capabilities.

Nupress and SPEE3D are set to create compliant amphibious aircraft parts for Amphibian Aerospace using SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer.
SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D.

“Our collaboration with Nupress and SPEE3D stands to be a game changer in aerospace manufacturing and a real opportunity for a new era of Australian manufacturing,” said Dan Webster, CEO of Amphibian Aerospace Industries Pty Ltd.

The WarpSPEE3D at Nupress is part of a partnership with SPEE3D to provide Nupress clients and other organizations an accessible subscription-based metal 3D printing service for medium to long term projects. With the WarpSPEE3D at the Nupress facility, it is now possible to secure one of the six yearly subscription-slots for metal part production. This subscription offers the local region and beyond a first-ever opportunity to source industrial metal part replacements produced at the time of need.

Nupress and SPEE3D are set to create compliant amphibious aircraft parts for Amphibian Aerospace using SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer.
A 9kg/19.8lbs Wheel Centre manufactured in just under 6 hours on a WarpSPEE3D.

“The performance of a machined part and 3D printed part can be greatly different, depending on the application. Our project with Amphibian Aerospace will compare these two types of parts so that we can better understand the performance differences between them. We will be taking a cast part as our baseline and then creating identical machined and 3D printed versions of it. By comparing these parts on performance metrics like strength, flexibility, and weight, we should be able to see exactly how machining and 3D printing technologies are changing the landscape of functional parts,” said Craig McWilliam, CEO of Nupress.

The metal 3D printing subscription model, now available at Nupress, offers one to six slots – each delivering 25 hours per month of printing, for 12 months. Compatible with 12 different metals, including aluminium 6061, alumnium bronze, copper, and stainless steel, the WarpSPEE3D is capable of manufacturing multiple parts at once, up to 40kg, at rapid build rates of 100g/minute.

Upon securing a metal 3D printing subscription with WarpSPEE3D, Nupress, with over 50 years of manufacturing expertise in precision machined components for industries in mining, building, aerospace, defense, and medical will facilitate the manufacturing of parts – from application consultation, through to printing, machining, and post-processing treatment.

“Having a WarpSPEE3D at Nupress will provide clients a critical advantage to source industrial-grade metal parts when needed, allowing them to control the production process compared to dealing with global supply chains fraught with risk,” said Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D.

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