Velo3D, Inc., Campbell, California, USA, has announced that Avio SpA, an Italian aerospace company, has purchased a Sapphire XC 1MZ and a Sapphire Additive Manufacturing machine to support the development and production of its propulsion systems for use in the space industry.
Both machines are calibrated to produce parts in nickel-based alloy, said to deliver strength and corrosion resistance at extreme temperatures.
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The Sapphire XC 1MZ Additive Manufacturing machine has a 600 x 1,000 mm build volume and the original Sapphire has a volume of 315 x 400 mm. Both machines will reportedly enable Avio to overcome the constraints of traditional manufacturing methods by providing a wide breadth of geometric design freedom and a high degree of precision.
“Avio is one of the leading space companies in Europe and we are thrilled to partner with them in their pursuit of groundbreaking propulsion systems,” said Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of Velo3D. “They work with some of the most innovative companies and agencies in Europe and around the world to provide them with the technology they need to reach space. The Sapphire XC 1MZ will help Avio further accelerate the development of its propulsion systems and contribute to the ongoing transformation of the space industry.”