AML3D Limited is a start-up company established to commercialise WAM® (Wire Additive Manufacturing), an emerging innovative metal additive manufacturing technology for the cost-effective production of large, high performance metal components and structures.

Our Company

It combines a deep understanding of state of the art welding science, robotics technology, metallurgy and CAD software design to produce an automated 3D printing system operating in a freeform environment. This enables fast and efficient manufacture of components and structures, which are more cost-effective and have increased strength compared to traditional casting, forging or fabrication.

Building on the company’s unique expertise, achievements and continued relationships with Universities and scientific organisations (CSIRO & ANSTO), AML3D Limited has further upgraded the manufacturing service bureau headquartered in Adelaide. It still remains the only metals diversified large-scale WAM® production facility in the Southern Hemisphere and is capable of producing finished parts and components to a certified standard under an accredited Quality Management System.

Entrepreneur’s Program support was used to establish the pilot operation, systems and software in order to demonstrate the technology. During this time several pilot trials were completed resulting in further software development, know-how and improvement of process procedures, and has been encompassed by the achievement of ISO9001 Quality Management Certification and AML becoming the world’s first accredited wire-feedstock Additive Manufacturing Facility through Lloyd’s Register (Singapore). This was successfully completed as of March 2019.

The initial objective was to establish a commercially viable contract service/manufacturing (facility), AM/3DP design engineering service, product sales of proprietary equipment, license of software, and consumable sales. This establishes an annuity earnings stream, which will develop and apply a flexible business model capable of expansion in terms of both geography and the extent and nature of services, through further investment by AML3D Limited.

Over the next two years, the Company plans to diversify its services and products into a CAD Design service to optimise design efficiency for customers, extend its market reach by building on the multiple trials undertaken to date including trials for overseas customers and to design and manufacture mobile 3D WAM printers.


Our Board

Stephen Gerlach AM

Non Executive Chairman

Stephen has previously held the Chairman role at Santos Limited, Elders Ltd, Equatorial Mining Ltd, Elders Australia Ltd, Challenger Listed Investments Ltd, AMDEL Ltd and Penrice Ltd and has held directorships of numerous other public companies. He is currently Chancellor of the Flinders University, Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and a director of Foodbank Australia.

Len Piro

Non Executive Director

Len has held numerous executive roles over his career working with manufacturing. He is a former Deputy Chief Executive of the SA Department of Trade and Economic Development, Executive Director Manufacturing and Chief Executive Automotive Industry Transformation Taskforce. Len has had exposure to manufacturing trends and strategies in Europe, US and sits on the Advisory Board of Supashock as well as several other Advisory Boards. He has been Director of his own business advisory company over the past four years and worked with numerous large and small SA companies on delivery of their business plans and manufacturing strategies. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma of Corporate Management.

Andrew Sales

Managing Director

Andrew is a renowned expert in welding technology with over 27 years of worldwide practical experience in Australia and overseas (Europe, South America, Africa and Asia) and has held varying roles across upper management, senior supervision, technical areas, materials, testing and inspection. Andrew has worked in the oil and gas sector, resources and mining as well as advanced manufacturing, heavy engineering and fabrication. Author of numerous technical papers in the field of welding high strength corrosion resistant alloys. In addition to Science and Engineering qualifications at Masters level, he also holds a Diploma in Quality Management and Auditing.

Kevin Reed

Non Executive Director

Kevin is a Chartered Accountant with 24 years experience as a partner with PwC and BDO where he was responsible for assurance, strategy, implementation, business development, finance, people and new project implementation. Kevin has extensive commercial and corporate experience as a company director and professional practice board member and is currently Non-Executive Chair of MPH Architects and acting Chief Financial Officer of FCT International.

Sean Ebert

Non Executive Director

Sean is a highly experienced growth CEO with ASX listed and global companies, with over 25 years experience in diverse industries such as agriculture, technology, food and beverages, as well as oil, gas and resources. He has extensive experience in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and been a Board member of several high growth companies.

Christine Manuel


Company Secretary

Appointed Company Secretary on 17 April 2019. Christine, an experienced Company Secretary and corporate governance professional, is a Chartered Secretary. Her background includes Company Secretary and executive roles in a range of listed and unlisted entities over more than 20 years.

Christine is SA/NT State Council Chair and a non-executive director of the Governance Institute of Australia. She regularly facilitates Governance Institute training courses.

Our Team

Paul Colegrove

PhD (Cambridge University), CEng, SMWeldI

Technical Engineering Manager

Paul obtained a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2004 on modelling of Friction Stir Welding. Following a short post-doctoral research post at the University of Cambridge, Paul became a lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University specialising in welding, Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture (WAAM) and process modelling.

Examples of projects he has managed include:

  • Fundamental studies on plasma deposition and arc physics
  • Use of cold work methods such as rolling during WAAM for microstructural refinement
  • large-scale aluminium WAAM for defence applications

A global industry

With the 3D printing market for metal on the rise, this advanced manufacturing technique is being touted as the next industrial revolution and has been forecast to grow exponentially over the next 20 years.