AML3D sells an Arcemy large-scale WAM 3D printing unit to University of Queensland

AML3D ASX AL3 University of Queensland 3D printing unit Arcemy WAM
The University of Queensland paid $400,000 for AML3D’s Arcemy 3D printing unit and will use it for education and R&D.

AML3D (ASX: AL3) has sold one of its Arcemy printing units based on its proprietary wire arc manufacturing (WAM) technology to the University of Queensland for $400,000.

The unit is capable of 3D printing all metallic alloys up to dimensions of 1.5 cubic metres and a mass of 750 kilograms.

It has an approximate deposition rate of up to 8kg per hour – depending on the material used.

AML3D says is Arcemy WAM 3D printing units are unique because they are certified across a “very wide range” of welding wire feedstock base metals.

According to the company, this makes its units “significantly more flexible” than powder-based printers.

Education and R&D

The University of Queensland will use the unit for education and research and development.

AML3D managing director Andrew Sales said the company was “thrilled” to supply the unit to the university.

“We believe [it] is the world’s most sophisticated integrated wire-based 3D printing unit.”

“There is an expectation that we will work closely with University of Queensland in the future around specific R&D programs that will benefit both parties in research, industry application and students’ base learning and research.”

Institute for Frontier Materials partnership

The sale of AML3D’s Arcemy WAM unit to the University of Queensland follows an agreement last week to team up with Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) to develop high strength wire feedstock for 3D printing and welding markets.

The collaboration will support projects that use IFM’s facilities, capabilities and expertise to create next generation materials and alloys that are tailored specifically to AML3D’s WAM process.

It is expected the high strength wire alloys will not require post processing.

AML3D anticipates this collaboration will open up new markets for its WAM technology, including maintenance and repairs where the technology can be applied directly to existing vehicles and structures.

“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,” Mr Sales said.

“The intended production of wire feedstock will provide an alternative within the general welding technology market that exceeds current applications,” he added.

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