Mears Machine adds third Velo3D Sapphire XC Additive Manufacturing machine

July 1, 2024

July 1, 2024

Mears Machine has ordered a further Sapphire XC Additive Manufacturing machine from Velo3D (Courtesy Velo3D)
Mears Machine has ordered a further Sapphire XC Additive Manufacturing machine from Velo3D (Courtesy Velo3D)

Velo3D, Fremont, California, USA, announced Mears Machine Corporation, a leader in precision machining solutions, has acquired a Sapphire XC Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machine to bolster its AM capabilities. This strategic investment follows the previous purchase of two Velo3D Sapphire XCs announced earlier this year.

The new Velo3D Sapphire XC will be configured to produce parts in Constellium’s Aheadd CP1 aluminium alloy. Compared to other aluminium alloys used in Additive Manufacturing, such as those that incorporate magnesium and silicon, parts produced in Aheadd CP1 are reported to greatly reduce post-build heat treatment requirements.

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In addition, the one-step heat treatment is said to result in parts with an almost-pure aluminium matrix, which provides high electrical and thermal conductivity. AM parts also have better weldability and brazing properties due to the lack of magnesium and silicon. Velo3D sees significant opportunities for parts in Aheadd CP1, including many that support critical defence-related programmes that the company has initiated for the aluminium alloy.

“Integrating the Velo3D Sapphire XC printer into our operations represents a significant leap forward in our ability to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Roger Mears, CEO of Mears Machine Corporation. “This technology empowers us to efficiently deliver complex, high-quality components to our customers, positioning us as a leading partner in the Additive Manufacturing landscape. As our customers’ part needs increase, we can easily increase production volume with Velo3D’s highly scalable Additive Manufacturing solution, which makes it unique in the industry.”

Once a part has been qualified on a Velo3D AM machine, production can be easily scaled across any system of the same model of AM machine that is configured for the same alloy. This capability is seen as crucial for Mears Machine’s customers who seek to affordably scale production of additively manufactured components while navigating supply chain challenges.

“As precision machine shops look to adopt advanced manufacturing technologies, like 3D printing, we are pleased to support their mission to modernise and better serve their customers,” said Brad Kreger, CEO of Velo3D. “We are thrilled to partner with Mears Machine as they integrate a third Sapphire XC printer into their operations. Our technology is designed to empower manufacturers like Mears Machine to achieve new levels of productivity and innovation through Additive Manufacturing.”

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