SPEE3D teams up with Missouri S&T to bring metal additive manufacturing tech to campus

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Victoria-based additive manufacturing company SPEE3D announced a collaboration with Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) to deliver their metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology to the university’s Kummer Institute Centre for Advanced Manufacturing. 

The university purchased the WarpSPEE3D printer to solve research manufacturing and industrial supply chain needs, such as replacing castings and forging, the company said in a news release.

In particular, Missouri S&T is collaborating with SPEE3D to better understand the company’s patented metal cold spray technology, and WarpSPEE3D was specially chosen to handle the industry’s immediate demands on a larger scale. 

“SPEE3D has been grateful to partner with leading academic institutions worldwide, and we’re thrilled a forward-thinking academic institution like Missouri S&T will bring the printing capabilities of the WarpSPEE3D to their students and the community,” said Steven Camilleri, co-founder, and CTO at SPEE3D. 

He also stated that the partnership would highlight the company’s cold spray technique, allowing academia and companies to print large-scale parts fast that would otherwise be unavailable.

Meanwhile, Bradley Deuser, assistant research professor and manufacturing engineer for the Kummer Institute Centre for Advanced Manufacturing at Missouri S&T, remarked that the manufacturing academia is increasingly adopting new technologies such as AM to teach the workforce of the future and answer real-world supply chain business demands.

He said, “Understanding the capabilities of SPEE3D’s WarpSPEE3D printer will help us address different use cases for industry needs such as castings and forgings, which will help drive lower lead times, and drive domestic US manufacturing, including locally here in Missouri.”

The WarpSPEE3D will be hosted on campus in the Centre for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies, the company revealed. 

The printer will be displayed in the planned Missouri Protoplex, which will open in 2025 and will combine the local manufacturing needs of companies and universities.

The Protoplex reflects the statewide manufacturing and technology ecosystem it serves, envisioned as a place where industry and academia collaborate to research new materials and methods, prototype and test new manufacturing processes, develop workforce competencies, and solve multi-discipline problems required to put integrated cyber-physical manufacturing systems into practice.