AML3D executes contract with Austal for manufacture of maritime defence components

The 72m High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) RNOV AL MUBSHIR (S11) during sea trials off Western Australia, March 2016. Image from Austal

3D metal printing company AML3D has entered into a contract with Austal to co-develop components for maritime defence applications. 

Under the contract, which evolved from an MoU formed with Austal in August 2019, AML3D will design a personnel lifting device for manufacture using its trademark WAM® technology. The lifting device is intended for installation on-board naval vessels constructed by Austal and will act as a showcase of AML3D’s technology platforms.

AML3D will utilise its in-house Design for Additive Manufacturing (“DfAM”) platform to optimise the design of the existing lifting device and will deliver a lighter and ergonomically friendly solution with enhanced load-bearing capabilities. The high degree of third-party design verification, mechanical testing, load testing and certification will further validate AML3D’s technology leadership in the market.

AML3D specialises in providing commercial large-scale “Additive Metal Layering” 3D printing services to the Defence, Maritime, Automotive and Resources industry. The company has commercialised its technology under the trademark WAM® and proprietary software WAMSoft® which combines metallurgical science and engineering design to fully automate the 3D printing process utilising advanced robotics technology.

In an ASX statement AML3D’s Managing Director Mr Andrew Sales said: “We’re excited to design and manufacture advanced solutions for quality counterparties such as Austal. To be identified by Austal as a leading Australian innovator is a testament to our technology platform and provides a great opportunity to significantly expand our presence in the Australian & global marine sector.”

Meanwhile Austal’s Chief Digital Officer Mr Andrew Malcolm said: “This is an initial step towards a much bigger goal to incorporate additive manufacturing methods within our business and we are proud to be able to pursue this exciting path with a fellow Australian technology leader in AML3D.”

According to the statement the project is highly aligned with AML3D’s strategic goal to apply WAM® to a broad range of applications in shipbuilding while Austal is interested in exploring WAM®’s robotic capabilities in large scale ship module constructions.

Image from Austal