SPEE3D, a manufacturer of metal 3D printers, has been selected by the US Navy to take part in an exercise to make parts for military maritime applications at both port and sea.

The aim of the MaintenX project is to use metal 3D printing to reduce and eliminate supply chain issues and improve maintenance to improve ship material conditions and battle damage repair. It will run from 22 August – 2 September 2022.

SPEE3D uses a metal cold spray 3D printing process which it says is 100 to 1000 times faster than traditional 3D metal printing. For the MaintenX program, the company will provide its WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer which reportedly can print large parts or multiple parts at once, up to 1000mm x 700mm/40 x 30” in diameter, and up to 40kg /100lb.