Australian metal additive manufacturing firm AML3D has been approached by global aerospace giant Boeing to produce and supply a 3D printed mandrel tool from ‘Invar-36’ material.
AML3D has received a purchase contract from Boeing to supply an Invar-361 ”mandrel tool artifact”, weighing 150kg, using its proprietary Wire Additive Manufacturing (WAM) process.
According to the company’s statement, this initial purchase contract is for one artifact which will be assessed and tested for its mechanical properties, internal soundness, vacuum integrity and to assess AML3D’s ability to produce to Boeing specifications.
AML3D Managing Director Mr Andrew Sales noted that although the part value being manufactured is below A$50,000, the initial purchase contract could pave the way for future collaborations with the group.
“AML3D is very excited to begin working with Boeing, one of the world’s largest aerospace companies,” Mr Sales said.
“This purchase contract will provide the Company with a key opportunity to showcase its ability to produce parts on time and to specification with a high-quality customer as the world adapts to 3D printed solutions in addition to traditional manufacturing.”