NYSE-listed leading global aerospace entity The Boeing Company has engaged AML3D (ASX: AL3) to produce a 3D printed mandrel tool from Invar-36 material using its proprietary wire additive manufacturing (WAM) process.
Boeing has issued a purchase contract to AML3D based on “standard commercial terms” to supply the Invar-36 mandrel tool artifact with a weight of 150kg.
The contract is for one tool, which will be assessed and tested for its mechanical properties, internal soundness, and vacuum integrity.
AML3D’s ability to produce the item to Boeing’s specifications will also be evaluated.
“AML3D is very excited to begin working with Boeing, one of the world’s largest aerospace companies,” AML3D managing director Andrew Sales said.
“This purchase contract will provide the company with a key opportunity to showcase its ability to produce parts on time and to specification with a high-quality customer as the world adapts to 3D printed solutions in addition to traditional manufacturing,” he added.
Significance of Boeing contract
As one of the world’s largest aerospace companies and a top US exporter, Boeing develops, manufactures, and services commercial airplanes, defence products and space systems for customers across 150 countries.
The company draws on its global supplier base to meet its customer requirements.
AML3D noted although its contract with Boeing was under $50,000 in value, it was highly significant given Boeing’s size and credibility.
The company anticipates this deal could lead to future collaborations and result in potentially further commercial benefits.
Wire additive manufacturing technology
Today’s reported deal with Boeing follows AML3D securing the Australian patent earlier this month for its WAM technology.
The patent protects AML3D’s method and apparatus for the WAM 3D metal part manufacturing process.
“The granting of this patent is further validation of our technology and also secures our position as a provider of a major 3D printing process,” Mr Sales said.
Benefits to the technology include a “significant reduction” in manufacturing costs and build time, while enabling clients to have a customised part produced to meet specific needs.