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World’s Fastest LIVE Print of a Metal Part at Formnext 2019

22 November

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  • Australian 3D printer manufacturer, SPEE3D, demonstrated the world’s fastest metal 3D printing production live at the Formnext exhibition
  • SPEE3D printed a 1 kg copper part in less than 10 minutes
  • The part was printed on a LightSPEE3D printer
  • SPEE3D used the demonstration to issue a challenge to the 3D printing industry to beat this supersonic mass deposition

Frankfurt, November 19, 2019

SPEE3D, an Australian award-winning manufacturer of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, printed a 1 kg copper sledgehammer in 10 minutes live in front of a crowd on the floor at Formnext in Frankfurt. Formnext is the leading global additive manufacturing exhibition running from the 19th – 22nd November 2019.

SPEE3D was able to achieve this industry-leading print speed thanks to their patented technology. Rather than using heat to melt metal powders, SPEE3D printers use supersonic deposition in which a rocket nozzle accelerates air up to three times the speed of sound. Injected powders are deposited onto a substrate that is attached to a six-axis robotic arm. In this process the sheer kinetic energy of the particles causes the powders to bind together to form a high-density part with normal metallurgical properties. This allows metal parts to be printed 100 to 1000 times faster than with existing printing methods.

“What we demonstrated here is really just the beginning. We believe ours is the fastest print demonstrated live at a show like this and we challenge other players in the industry to print a 1 kg part faster, whether it be metal, plastic or ceramic. We want to see development in the industry, and we look forward to pushing our technology even faster. ” explains Byron Kennedy, co-founder and CEO of SPEE3D.

The live event was part of a larger demonstration by SPEE3D of their new product ‘SPEE3Dcell’ the world’s first 3D printing production cell. SPEE3Dcell combines a SPEE3D printer with a heat treatment furnace and a computer numerical control (CNC) three-axis milling machine. For the entire duration of the Formnext fair, SPEE3Dcell is being demonstrated live at Booth E02 in Hall 12,  In just over six minutes, the machine will be printing sparkless copper hammers, finishing them, and assembling them on the trade show floor, demonstrating how SPEE3Dcell enables significantly faster, lower-cost, and more scalable production than traditional casting or other 3D printing techniques.

SPEE3D demonstrates the world’s first metal 3D printing production cell LIVE at Formnext

Melbourne, November 7, 2019.

SPEE3D, an award-winning manufacturer of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, will launch their new SPEE3Dcell product at Booth E02 in Hall 12 from November 19 to 22, 2019, at Formnext in Frankfurt. The speed, affordability, and flexibility of this additive manufacturing cell will be demonstrated with the production of copper parts live on the tradeshow floor.

From 19 to 22 November 2019, Formnext, the international exhibition for the next generation of manufacturing, will welcome visitors from around the world to witness the latest and greatest in 3D printing.

At this event in 2017, Australian company SPEE3D first introduced the revolutionary LightSPEE3D, the world’s first metal 3D printer that manufactures metal parts in just minutes instead of hours or days. Last year, SPEE3D introduced a large-format version of the printer, WarpSPEE3D. This year, the pioneers in supersonic 3D printing are launching SPEE3Dcell – the world’s first metal 3D production cell.

SPEE3Dcell combines a SPEE3D printer with a heat treatment furnace and a computer numerical control (CNC) three-axis milling machine. For the entire duration of the fair, the SPEE3Dcell will be demonstrated live at Booth E02 in Hall 12. In just over six minutes, the machine will be printing sparkless copper hammers, finishing them, and assembling them on the trade show floor. This will demonstrate how SPEE3Dcell enables significantly faster, lower-cost, and more scalable production than traditional casting or other 3D printing techniques.

As part of the fair, the specialists from Down Under will present other surprises and magical moments, including the world’s fastest LIVE metal 3D print demonstration. “We are looking forward to Formnext 2019. We are excited to share the latest developments in metal 3D printing with the manufacturing world,” explains Byron Kennedy, co-founder and CEO of SPEE3D.

About SPEE3D

SPEE3D, based in Melbourne, Australia, is an innovative supplier of metal-based additive manufacturing technology. SPEE3D focuses on the development, assembly, and distribution of machines and integrated system solutions based on the patented supersonic 3D deposition (SP3D) technology. The products enable significantly faster, lower-cost, and more scalable production than traditional metal printing techniques for copper and aluminium.