3D metal printing firm AML3D announces research partnership with Deakin University


AML3D has announced a series of exciting new “proof-of-concept projects” with Deakin University aimed at exploring the incorporation of Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) technology to revolutionise AML3D’s WAM technology.

According to AML3D’s statement, two new feasibility studies are confirmed and are ready to commence immediately, which will explore two new techniques for incorporating BNNTs into aluminium in the context of Wire Additive Manufacturing with a view to fast-track commercialisation.

BNNTs are the world’s strongest and most advanced fibre, offer significant material benefits in aviation, automotive, space travel, power generation, batteries, electronics and defence systems.

This cutting-edge new material is similar to carbon nanotubes, with the capacity to greatly enhance the properties of WAM® deposited alloys.

When added to aluminium and other metals, BNNTs can create much stronger, lighter, and more thermally and radiation resistant alloys, greatly expanding the range of applications of AML3D’s patented WAM technology in the key industry sectors of space, aerospace, marine, defence, and transport.

Managing Director Mr. Andrew Sales said AML3D sees these projects, funded by the Company, as an opportunity to develop novel and transformative products with far reaching implications for its WAM process and 3D metal printing industry,”

“The recent success of our current and ongoing high strength alloy developments for our patented WAM process, has identified a further significant commercial opportunity for AML3D by incorporating BNNT into our wire feedstock,” Mr Sales stated.

“I’m extremely encouraged by this new development and hence why we are commencing another two projects separately to our current program.

“Successful development of these particular alloys has the potential to provide the company with significant upside. The opportunities for products and components has application across all our target sectors and has the potential to add another game changing opportunity for us here at AML3D.”

Commenting on the partnership AML3D Andrew Rau, Senior Commercial Manager at Deakin University said:

“Deakin University is genuinely excited to be collaborating with AML3D to explore the feasibility of incorporating BNNTs with Aluminium, utilising AML’s patented WAM® technology.

“This research presents a unique opportunity to develop advanced materials with superior performance and develop a range of new applications for AML3D and their customers.”

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