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.
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.
Stephen Gerlach AM
Stephen is a company director and corporate advisor. He is Chancellor of Flinders University. He is also the Chairman of Adelaide Capital Partners Pty Ltd, Gerlach Asset Development Pty Ltd, Ebony Energy Ltd and a Director of Beston Global Foods Ltd and Beston Pacific Asset Management Pty Ltd.
He was formerly the Chairman of Santos Limited, Futuris Corporation Ltd (subsequently known as Elders Ltd), Equatorial Mining Ltd, Elders Australia Ltd, Challenger Listed Investments Limited, Amdel Ltd, and Penrice Ltd.
He was also a Director of a number of other public companies including Southcorp Ltd, AMP Australia Ltd, Brunner Mond Holdings Ltd (UK) and Elders Rural Bank and a member of other public companies including companies located in the United Kingdom, United States of America and Chile.
Stephen was a partner of the Adelaide legal firm Finlaysons for 23 years and its Managing Partner from 1985 to 1991.
He has also been actively involved in a number of community and professional associations and is currently a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, a Director of The General Sir John Monash Scholarship Foundation, Chairman of the South Australian Cricket Association Nomination Committee and Chairman of The Psychosis Australia Trust.
He was the inaugural Chairman of Foodbank South Australia Inc from 1999 to 2014, and a Director of Foodbank Australia Ltd.
MEng, MSc, CEng, CMatP
Andrew is a Chartered Engineer with a Master of Engineering and Master of Science and is a renowned expert in welding technology with over 27 years of global experience (Australia, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia). Andrew has held varying roles across upper management and senior leadership within the oil and gas, resources and mining sectors as well as advanced manufacturing, heavy engineering and fabrication.
He is also the 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. He is a Chartered Engineer through ECUK and TWI (UK), a professional member of Materials Australia holding a CMatP, and also sits on two Standards Australia committees including the newly established committee for Additive Manufacturing.
Andrew founded AML Technologies in 2014 and has been Managing Director since that time.
BEng Hons(Electrical), GAICD, MBA
Sean has 25 years of executive and board level experience across public and commercial sectors with particular experience within the engineering sectors of oil and gas, mining and resources and emerging technologies in Australia, Middle East, South America, US and Europe. Sean was previously the CEO of Beston Pacific Asset Management, Global Director M&A of WorleyParsons, CEO of Camms Pty Ltd and CEO Camms Profit Impact Pty Ltd.
Leonard is the former Deputy Chief Executive of the SA Department of Trade and Economic Development, Executive Director Manufacturing and Chief Executive Automotive Industry Transformation Taskforce and Group Executive Director and Chairman of the Tonsley Re-development. Leonard has had exposure to manufacturing trends and strategies in Europe and the US.
Kevin is a Chartered Accountant with 24 years’ experience as a partner with PwC and BDO practicing as an assurance specialist. He has experience with a wide range of listed companies. He has been an independent accountant for initial public offers, capital raisings and acquisitions and has extensive commercial and corporate experience as a company director and professional practice board member. Kevin is Chair of Crosby Dalwood (Chartered Accountants), MPH Architects and deputy chair of Cando Group. Kevin is also a director of Meals on Wheels (South Australia) and the Maggie Beer Foundation. He is a member of the Audit & Risk committee for the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.
BMus, GradDipACG, DipCD, DipInvRel, FGIA, FCIS, MAICD, MAITD, AAIPM
Christine is an experienced Company Secretary and corporate governance professional and has held Company Secretary and executive roles in a range of listed and unlisted entities over more than 20 years. Christine was formerly Company Secretary of Santos Group companies and People’s Choice Credit Union and is currently Company Secretary of ASX listed Angel Seafood Holdings Ltd and Centrex Metals Ltd.
Christine holds postgraduate qualifications in Applied Corporate Governance and is a Chartered Secretary. She is Vice-President of the Board and past SA/NT State Council Chair of the Governance Institute of Australia. She regularly facilitates Governance Institute training courses.
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.