Additive manufacturing technology company AML3D (ASX: AL3) has signed a framework agreement to partner with Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) to develop high strength wire feedstock alloys suitable for high strength applications.
A particular focus of the partnership will be on optimising technology for feedstock for 3D printing and welding markets. An example of this is the specific design of alloys that will deliver high strength wire coil for printing without the need for subsequent post processing.
AML3D said the agreement is expected to open up new markets and applications for its patented wire additive manufacturing (WAM) technology, such as maintenance and repair tasks where WAM can be directly applied to existing vehicles and structures.
This access to new markets and sectors supports AML3D’s geographical and sector-based expansion plans with Asia Pacific (namely Japan and South Korea), Europe (Germany, France and the United Kingdom) and North America identified as target markets in the marine, defence and aerospace sectors.
In addition, the company said the deal sets up the opportunity for bespoke wire feedstock sales through specific intellectual property (IP) and company branded consumables.
Several projects currently being scoped
Several projects focused on high strength applications are currently being scoped under the agreement with the goal being on revenue-generating wire feedstock.
“The successful development of these alternative alloys provides significant potential upside for our business, not only through its application in WAM and providing for other wire-fed DED processes, but the sales as a standalone feedstock product with widespread applications,” AML3D managing director Andrew Sales said.
“The intended production of wire feedstock will provide an alternative within the general welding technology market that exceeds current applications,” he added.
Existing collaboration with Deakin University
Last month, AML3D reported strong progress on a project with Deakin University to develop a new high strength aluminium-scandium welding wire for its WAM technology.
Trials were motivated by preliminary research undertaken by the university that investigated the effect of scandium as a strengthening element for existing aluminium welding wire.
At the time, Mr Sales said the company planned to increase its collaboration with the university sector and would issue further updates around the materials engineering pipeline in the short term.