Person sitting from of large metal box machine the size of a small room. It has a window in one side showing a fabric covered robotic arm.

CEO Byron Kennedy and his SPEE3D metal printer

A new 3D printer creates metal parts at commercial production speeds


The entrepreneurs behind an exciting new 3D metal printer are all about speed. Speed is what gives their product a unique edge, and it’s essential if they are to get their new technology to markets before competitors.

CEO Byron Kennedy and chief technology officer, Steve Camilleri, established their SPEE3D start-up in 2014 to get their very fast 3D metal printer into the marketplace.

Their SPEE3D printer has the potential to turn 3D metal printing, which currently is just making prototypes of parts, into a tool for manufacturing actual parts for use. It is up to 1000 times quicker than conventional 3D metal printers.

While existing 3D metal printing technology suits niche manufacturing of low volume, complex products such as, aerospace parts, the SPEE3D printer is useful for fast, high-volume manufacturing.

“Speed is where our technology excels and we are targeting a completely new space - the manufacturers of standard run-of-the-mill products, where speed is essential,” says Kennedy.

An Australian Government commercialisation grant and expert advice is helping the company move quickly towards a successful market launch.

The Australian Government assistance has been critical because if you don’t accelerate new technologies there are always others ready to beat you to the market.

Byron Kennedy, CEO, SPEE3D

Australian Government Commercialisation Adviser Doug Adamson says SPEE3D’s innovative technology has the capacity to disrupt the casting marketplace.

“SPEE3D is making great progress towards having its first commercial printer on the market,” Adamson says.

The company has developed a prototype of its 3D metal printer and plans to have a commercial product ready for sale by the end of 2016.

Large manufacturers and research institutions are showing interest. SPEE3D was selected as one of 15 start-ups world-wide to pitch new technologies to the German manufacturer, Bosch, in 2015 and went on to win the Bosch Venture Award for the best start-up company.

Investors in Australia, the United States, Europe and Singapore have also spotted the company’s potential and SPEE3D plans an investment round in late 2016 to continue its product development.