SPEE3D Set to Unveil TitanSPEE3D, a Game-Changing Cold Spray 3D Printer, at LSAAT 2024

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Australian metal 3D printer manufacturer SPEE3D has announced the launch of its newest cold spray 3D printer, the TitanSPEE3D.

Set to be introduced this week at the Large Scale Additive Action Team (LSAAT) meeting in Worcester, Massachusetts, the new system boasts a substantial build volume and design freedom. The new 3D printer can reportedly fabricate large metal parts that typically require casting, cutting production times from months to days.

Paul Maloney, SPEE3D’s Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), calls the new TitanSPEE3D a “game changer” for industries that rely on casting to produce large metal parts. He claims the new system unlocks the ability to 3D print “quickly, sustainably, and at a competitive cost.”

TitanSPEE3D will be available to a limited number of beta customers in 2024, with the commercial release expected next year.

SPEE3D’s new TitanSPEE3D cold spray 3D printer. Image via SPEE3D.

TitanSPEE3D adds to SPEE3D’s growing cold spray portfolio

TitanSPEE3D will add to SPEE3D’s growing portfolio of cold spray 3D printers optimized for the defense and heavy industry sectors.

Last month, the company launched its Expeditionary Manufacturing Unit (EMU) for on-site military applications. This deployable, containerized metal 3D printing solution combines the company’s XSPEE3D cold spray 3D printer with the SPEE3Dcell post-processing unit. Designed to be deployable to remote locations, the EMU is ideal for military forces wanting to rapidly produce metal spare parts where they are needed.

In an interview with 3D Printing Industry, Calum Stewart, SPEE3D’s Director of Defense Programs, discussed the EMU’s capabilities to mitigate supply challenges by ensuring “more equipment back in the fight more of the time.”

This development followed the prior announcement that SPEE3D had delivered seven WarpSPEE3D 3D printers to Ukraine under the US Department of Defence’s Ukraine Security Assistance initiative, supporting its defence efforts. These 3D printers have been set up near the battlefront to swiftly fabricate essential spare “parts of consequence.”

The company’s latest innovation, the TitanSPEE3D system, is designed to meet the growing need for quick and cost-effective manufacture of large metal parts.

The 3D printer boasts a significant build area, offering a diameter of 2.4 meters coupled with a height of 1 meter. Users of TitanSPEE3D will have the capability to create parts up to 2000 kg using various metals, such as 6061 Aluminium, Aluminium Bronze, and 316 Stainless Steel.

Using SPEE3D’s Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing (CSAM) Technology, metal parts equivalent to those made by casting can be fabricated within a few days. Thus, the new TitanSPEE3D is particularly suitable for defense and heavy industry sectors that require sizable components on short notice.

The CSAM technology propels metal powder at supersonic speeds towards a substrate, causing the metal particles to consolidate due to the kinetic energy. This process rapidly produces large parts with minimal porosity and consistent material characteristics.

Different from other metal 3D printing methods, CSAM does not depend on delicate lasers or dangerous gases, enhancing the practicality and portability of SPEE3D’s systems for onsite deployment.

“SPEE3D revolutionized large-scale metal 3D printing when we launched our first printer utilizing our unique Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing (CSAM) technology,” stated Maloney. He added that the company has continued to elevate its success through the continued expansion of its 3D printing technologies.

New large-format metal 3D printers hit the market

The industrial metal 3D printer market is witnessing modest growth, with SPEE3D one of several companies to launch new large-scale systems to market. In Q4 2023, market intelligence firm CONTEXT noted that, despite an overall decline in the Industrial 3D printer space, shipments of Industrial metal 3D printers increased by 4% YoY.

Last month, Chinese 3D printer manufacturer Eplus3D introduced the EP-M2050. This large-scale Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) 3D printer comes standard with 36 lasers and options for upgrading to 49 or 64 lasers. It offers an extensive build volume of 2050 x 2050 x 1100 mm, and the Z-axis can extend up to 2000 mm.

The unveiling marked a significant progression in the escalating metal 3D printer ‘laser wars’, characterized by manufacturers promoting pricier, larger models equipped with a greater number of lasers.

In 2023, Eplus3D released the EP-M1550, which can accommodate up to 25 lasers. This trend of multi-laser systems is also seen in offerings from Xi’an Bright Laser Technologies, Farsoon Technologies, Nikon SLM Solutions, and Velo3D.

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