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SPEE3D Launches Supersonic Deposition Metal 3D Printer

The Engineer reports on the launch of a revolutionary 3D printer.  SPEE3D, based in Australia, “has launched the world’s first metal 3D printer utilizing supersonic deposition technology to deliver manufacturing grade 3D printed parts at production speeds.”

Supersonic deposition technology, unlike 3D printing layer by layer, consists of a rocket nozzle accelerating “air up to three times the speed of sound to deliver manufacturing grade metal and high-density parts.”

“In doing so, the technology has shown it can print a flywheel in 11 minutes and 38 seconds compared to the 20 hours it would take with traditional manufacturing.  Similarly, results from SPEE3D have shown that a car part can be printed in 20 minutes for $30 instead of taking upwards of 100 hours for $3,000.”

As SPEE3D Co-Founder and CEO Byron Kennedy explains, this technology has been utilized “in the repair world, where metals such as titanium, Inconel, steel, stainless steel, copper, and tantalum” are taken advantage of.  “Copper is…a material very easy for the technology to print at very high speeds, which opens up thermal and electrical conductivity opportunities.”

“Due to the low cost and high-speed of 3D printing, manufacturers will soon realize they can print parts faster and cheaper than they currently CNC or cast…the software is continuing to evolve and we are adding new features all the time as we print more and more parts.  Six months ago, there were parts we couldn’t imagine we could print that we can easily do today.”

With their brand-new printer installed at Charles Darwin University in Australia, SPEE3D plans “to install printers for demonstrations in Frankfurt, Michigan, and Sydney.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of The Engineer

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