SPEE3D has developed a new ultra high energy nozzle designed to work with a wider range of hard phase materials. Named SPEE3D Phaser nozzle, it delivers a significant increase in deposition velocity.
As a reminder, the manufacturer of cold spray metal 3D printers can manufacture full-density, solid metal parts in just minutes. The company explains its new Phaser nozzle uses compressed air or nitrogen to deposit material four times faster than the speed of sound at much higher energy.
This process achieves high particle velocity to enable more deformation of particles during the deposition process. As a result, harder materials can be made including stainless steel, titanium, high-strength aluminum, and nickel-based carbides. These materials are in addition to SPEE3D’s standard copper, aluminum bronze, and aluminum materials.
“The SPEE3D PHASER nozzle is revolutionary because anyone can print what’s considered ‘hardier’ materials, and without having to rely on helium to cold spray these materials like other nozzles,” said Steven Camilleri, SPEE3D’s cofounder. “With supply chain issues continuing to delay parts for industries such as space, defense, auto racing and maritime, the Phaser nozzle can create these parts in just minutes to withstand severe conditions, high stress, immense shock loads and abrasive environments.”
SPEE3D’s cold spray process is high-speed, consistent, and able to produce high-quality applications every time. The technology is used worldwide and proven reliable by customers including the Australian Army, EWI, Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, and other global organizations that require fabricating parts in harsh expeditionary field environments, a press release recalls.
With the Australian Army, SPEE3D has tested and validated metal 3D printing as a military capability with the latest field trial being the longest and toughest to date taking place in remote Northern Territory, alongside exercise Koolendong.
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