WAM® Steel products stronger than forged

AML3D WAM® Steel products stronger than forged equivalents.


  • AML3D’s WAM® printed high strength steel independently demonstrated to have Ultimate Tensile Strength (‘UTS’) 30% higher than applicable global standard
  • Results highlight AML3D’s ability to disrupt conventional manufacturing within the global and domestic Defence, Resources and Automotive sectors
  • Testing was driven by inbound interest and results will be provided to existing and potential customers
  • Demonstrates ‘ready for market’ nature of AML3D’s technology

AML3D Limited (‘AML3D’ or ‘the Company’) (ASX:AL3), the provider of commercial large-scale ‘Additive Metal Layering’ 3D printing services to a wide range of industry sectors, is pleased to provide exceptional results from independent, third party testing of its proprietary WAM® (Wire Additive Manufactured) 3D printing technology.

NATA1 accredited group, Intertek, conducted the testing on behalf of AML3D following enquiries from a number of parties interested in how WAM® printed high strength steel components would perform compared to more conventionally manufactured parts. This testing regime met all applicable global standards typically used by the Defence, Resource and Automotive sectors.

This testing involved printing of a series of geometrically shaped specimens that are of standardised dimensions allowing direct comparisons of metals produced by conventional methods.

In a clear demonstration of the potential for AML3D’s WAM® process to disrupt the flexible manufacturing space, the products manufactured had c. 10% higher UTS than the same steel components made using conventional forging techniques and more than 30% higher UTS than the applicable global standard.

As a result, the potential for the WAM® process to deliver significantly greater strength on a like-for-like basis or potentially offering the same strength with less material usage is of particular interest in the Defence, Resource and Automotive sectors.

The results of this testing will be used in the context of further discussions with existing customers as well as outlining the benefits of AML3D’s WAM® technology to new parties.

AML3D’s Managing Director, Andrew Sales, said, “These results, which clearly demonstrate the superiority of our WAM® process compared to normal forging techniques, demonstrate what a ‘game changer’ we have to offer. The independent, third party validation testing confirmed our own data regarding how WAM® metal printing of high strength steel offers significant advantages in strength and weight reduction opportunities compared to other conventional manufacturing techniques. We look forward to near term discussions on these results with our current customers.”

This announcement has been authorised for release by the Board of AML3D.

1. National Association of Testing Laboratories

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About AML3D

AML3D Limited, a publicly listed technology company founded in 2014, utilises new technologies to pioneer and lead metal additive manufacturing globally. Disrupting the traditional manufacturing space, AML3D has developed and patented a Wire Additive Manufacturing (WAM®) process that metal 3D prints commercial, large-scale parts for Aerospace, Defence, Maritime, Manufacturing, Mining and Oil & Gas. AML3D provides parts contract manufacturing from its Technology Centre in Adelaide, Australia, and is the OEM of ARCEMY®, an industrial metal 3D printing system that combines IIoT and Industry 4.0 to enable manufacturers to become globally competitive.