Introducing automated Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing (CSAM)
Long lead times, high costs, supply chain complications, and high carbon emissions have always made maintenance and repair slow and costly. Our proprietary tech is changing that—and creating a whole new era of possibilities and opportunities.
- Tap into the industry’s fastest CSAM process
- Automate the CSAM tool path
- Deliver unmatched usability
- Reduce your carbon footprint
In our proprietary automated CSAM process, metal particles are sprayed at supersonic speeds onto the substrate to build your part in layers. At such a high velocity, the sheer force of the kinetic energy causes the particles to bind together.
Automated CSAM enables you to avoid melting or sintering metal powders, processes that can create tiny cavities that reduce part density and increase the likelihood of cracking or fatigue failure over time.
The high-velocity impact created by automated CSAM produces a denser part with lower porosity, as well as enhanced mechanical properties that improve part and tool reliability over a longer lifespan.
By eliminating the extreme heating and cooling processes that cause parts to expand and contract, automated CSAM puts fewer residual stresses on the part, significantly lowering the risk that it will crack, warp, or become distorted.
Consequently, high-quality, highly usable parts and tools can be produced without wasting time, energy, or materials.
Metal powder is deposited through a SPEE3D rocket nozzle, and with the help of compressed air, it can achieve supersonic speeds. These high speeds are then leveraged by SPEE3D’s automated CSAM process to efficiently build the metal part. As a result, this makes the overall process considerably faster than other additive manufacturing techniques.
This significantly accelerates maintenance and repairs—and lowers the risk of costly downtime.
A wider range of metal powders can be used in automated CSAM than in traditional processes, enabling you to produce a more diverse range of metal parts and tools.
Currently, parts can be manufactured with aluminium, copper, stainless steel, aluminium bronze, and other alloys.
SPEE3D’s printers have been carefully engineered to ensure a high level of safety, including an integrated combustible dust control chamber, redundant safety controller combined with process monitoring, and an enclosed powder feeder. Our automated CSAM process simply compresses and accelerates metal powder using air/gas, using sheer kinetic energy to manufacture your part.
That means it can be easily deployed to a wider range of locations, with far fewer risks to human and operational safety.
TwinSPEE3D automation software
A true breakthrough in metal AM, our unique TwinSPEE3D software uses patented algorithms to automate tool path development, making it possible to realize the true potential of cold spray additive manufacturing (CSAM).
- A unique software that can simulate the process before you go to the printer
- Processes 3D geometries automatically
- Identifies unfeasible part features, and suggests modifications to the design
- Generates print paths for either printing or coating
TwinSPEE3D’s print preview features a full simulation of the print, enabling you to identify any anomalies before it goes to production—and helping deliver unique efficiencies in the additive industry.
- Increase consistency
- Improve reliability
- Save significantly on cost and time
Our ultra-high-energy nozzle uses compressed air to effectively deposit a wide range of hard phase materials four times faster than the speed of sound—at up to 800° Celsius (1472° Fahrenheit).
- Harness the power of kinetic energy
- Increase particle deformation
- Reduce your reliance on Nitrogen and Helium
The increased temperature and accelerated deposition velocity makes it possible to manufacture harder, tougher materials. This is especially useful in industries characterized by severe service conditions, high stress, shock loads, and abrasive environments. The following materials are now possible with Phaser or are under development:
- 17-4, 410, 430, and duplex stainless steel
- Aluminium 5056 and 7075
- Chromium and tungsten carbide-nickel
- Many more
How it all comes together
Expeditionary post-processing and testing
SPEE3Dcell puts everything you need to heat treat, machine, and test SPEE3D parts in the field in a 20-foot container with twist locks. The solution includes a heat treatment furnace, a CNC three-axis mill, tooling, and testing equipment.
- Produce the parts you need, when you need them
- Take full control of your supply chain
- Enable faster, lower-cost, more scalable production
Huge impact. Not-so-huge carbon footprint.
All SPEE3D technology has been designed with sustainability in mind. From eliminating the need for shipping and storage to reducing material waste to accelerating prototyping, our automated CSAM solutions enable you to save more than 5.5 tons of C02 per unplanned MRO operation. Read the published study for more details.
- Emit 60% less CO2 compared to casting
- Consume 33% less energy compared to casting
- Eliminate the 17% of carbon emissions linked to shipping