The Australian Army has kicked off a 12-month pilot trial of the new technology in partnership with SPEE3D and Charles Darwin University (CDU).
The $1.5 million venture recently announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, will see 20 Darwin-based soldiers trained in advanced additive manufacturing.
Last November the Royal Australian Navy announced a similar initiative . The soldiers, who are mostly drawn from the 1st Combat Service Support Battalion (1 CSSB), will be taught how to design and print parts using the WarpSPEE3D 3D metal printer. The trial represents the realization of a 1 CSSB proposal to the Army in 2019, to modernize and enhance the resilience of the ADF’s supply chains. Commanding Officer 1 CSSB, Lieutenant Colonel Kane Wright, said that the initiative demonstrates how the Army is keeping up with the accelerated nature of warfare. “This partnership with CDU and SPEE3D shows […]
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