SPEE3D Metal 3D Printer First in the World to Print Parts on US Naval Ship

September 9, 2022

WarpSPEE3D Additive Manufacturing Technology Successfully Used in US Navy’s REPTX Exercise Requirements

As makers of the world’s fastest metal 3D printers, our WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer is the first ever to print parts on a US Naval ship successfully! Our additive manufacturing technology was chosen as part of NAVSEA’s REPTX exercise, conducted as part of ANTX-Coastal Trident 2022 at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, California.

The WarpSPEE3D printer test successfully printed the part – a bronze anchor – five times while the vessel was engaged at sea. Parts were printed with the same results and within just six minutes each time. In addition, our team assisted other companies with their trials, helping print a wide range of applications, including pressure fittings for pipes, protective boxes for naval equipment, and manufacturing mechanisms for robotic arms.

Screenshot of WarpSPEE3D printing in the REPTX trial Day 4 Video by Marco Hinahon and Eric Osborne

“Our goal during REPTX was to successfully test WarpSPEE3D’s deployable technology to print maritime military parts on demand and in various sea conditions. We’re thrilled the results are favourable and that SPEE3D is the world’s first to print parts on a ship,” said Steven Camilleri, Co-Founder and CTO of SPEE3D. “We understand the operational, economic, and supply chain issues the military faces and look forward to continuing to work with US Defense to help solve some of these challenges.”

Co-Founder and CTO Steve Camilleri Presenting SPEE3D Metal Printed Parts to the US Navy – photo taken by DVIDS photographer Jhon Parsons

REPTX was conducted as part of ANTX-Coastal Trident 2022, which had over 60 naval, academia, and industry participants. The trial consists of a series of technical demonstrations, field experiments, and exercises, both discussion, and operations-based.

The program aiming to identify, validate and implement new technologies – including additive manufacturing – to help reduce supply chain issues, perform maintenance operations more efficiently, and limit travel time back to port.

Our world-leading patented technology is 1000 times faster than other metal 3D printers. Uniquely, SPEE3D technology harnesses the power of kinetic energy rather than relying on high-power lasers and expensive gasses, allowing printing at affordable production costs. Parts can be printed anywhere in minutes from over 12 material sets, including copper, stainless steel, titanium, high-strength aluminum, and nickel-based carbides. WarpSPEE3D, the printer used in the REPTX trial, is the world’s first large-format metal 3D printer to use SPEE3D technology.

To find out about SPEE3D’s products or to just find out more about metal 3D printing, feel free to email us at contact@spee3d.com or call us on +61 (03) 8759 1464