SPEE3D launches first US manufacturing hub at UNH

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Metal additive manufacturing company SPEE3D has opened its first US-based manufacturing facility and applications centre at the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

This new location will enable SPEE3D to collaborate more closely with clients in the United States, including the US Department of Defense, the firm said in a media release.

The milestone was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by SPEE3D leadership, UNH faculty and leadership, and local dignitaries.

At the new facility, SPEE3D will manufacture printers while maintaining its primary manufacturing headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.

Additionally, the company will operate an applications centre to work with customers on identifying new applications and tailoring solutions to their specific needs.

SPEE3D plans to leverage UNH’s resources, facilities, and talent pool to drive innovation and adoption in additive manufacturing, providing technical support for current and future 3D printing initiatives.

“Establishing our first U.S.-based location at the Olson Center brings together a world-class manufacturing centre at UNH with SPEE3D’s leading cold spray additive manufacturing technology in a region known for its innovation and advancements,” said Byron Kennedy, CEO of SPEE3D.

“Although we are an Australian company, we have partners worldwide and a strong presence in America, so it made perfect sense to expand our footprint to address the needs of our partners.”

The new facility is located in one of the nation’s most prominent tech corridors, offering opportunities for joint collaborative projects and programs with nearby research, engineering, and repair/overhaul facilities.

These include the US Department of Defense, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (NH), Bath Iron Works (ME), the Army Natick Soldier Research Center (MA), the US Army Research Laboratory (MA), the Naval Underwater Warfare Center (RI), and the Raytheon Technology Research Center (CT).

“UNH’s partnership with SPEE3D underscores the vital role that academic and industry collaboration can play in fostering innovation and cutting-edge research,” said Marian McCord, senior vice provost for Research, Economic Engagement, and Outreach at UNH.

“We are proud to be an integral part of the state’s innovation ecosystem by providing facilities, a skilled workforce, and access to a robust business and research community.”

McCord continued, “We are thrilled SPEE3D has chosen UNH’s John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center as its first U.S. manufacturing location and look forward to establishing N.H., and UNH, as a global destination for industry.”