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Australian Army extends world-first 3D printing trial

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has confirmed that a cutting-edge 3D printing technology developed in Darwin and initially used by the Royal Australian Navy will now be rolled out and used by the Australian Army.

The partnership between Defence, Melbourne company SPEE3D and Charles Darwin University (CDU) will deliver a 12-month trial of the new metal 3D printing technology for the Australian Army’s 1st Combat Service Support Battalion.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the government’s $1.5 million investment in the 3D printing technology will fast-track Army’s supply chain and increase capability.

“The partnership with CDU and SPEE3D demonstrates Defence’s continued commitment to embracing advanced technologies that will speed up our processes,” Minister Price explained.

“This will reduce the requirement for our soldiers to deploy with bulky repair parts, redefining how logistics are deployed on the future battlefield. It’s a great example of how Australian industry is at the forefront of global innovation, and providing unique solutions to filling capability gaps.”

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Aditya Chandavarkar

Aditya Chandavarkar

Aditya Chandavarkar is a established entrepreneur with business interests in manufacturing, innovative technology and consulting. He is the co-founder of CNT Expositions and Services (acronym for Catalysing New Technologies), which was subsequently formed by the acquisition of Inkjet Forum India – a leading knowledge sharing platform for inkjet printing technology founded by him. At Inkjet Forum India, Aditya was single handedly responsible for conceptualizing and organizing conferences and educations programs, in the area of digital textile printing and industrial inkjet.