Primus Aerospace, Lakewood, Colorado, USA, has purchased a Ti6Al4V Sapphire® metal Additive Manufacturing machine from Velo3D, Campbell, California, USA, marking the first titanium-dedicated metal AM machine from the company to be used solely for aerospace and defence applications.
Primus Aerospace is a supplier for the leading defence primes and the majority of aerospace OEMs, including Lockheed, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, and Raytheon. The company has identified the titanium Sapphire system as a solution for many of its applications, including the production of cube satellites, hypersonics and turbine engines.
Gary Vaillancourt, vice president of Engineering & Technical Sales at Primus Aerospace stated, “Our customers require maximum performance of their aerospace-related systems and, together with Velo3D, we can redefine what is possible in manufacturing through advanced AM technology.”
Joining the Velo3D partner network will enable Primus Aerospace to deliver unique design freedom and AM services to its customers. The company is looking to unlock the powerful design and manufacturing capabilities that will enable optimised solutions, as well as the exploration of novel aerospace applications.
“Primus Aerospace is an excellent partner for us with their customer focus, commitment to innovation, and adoption of leading-edge technology,” commented Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D. “Our capabilities will help them deliver to engineers and supply chain managers the part designs they want, not the limited part geometries that other commodity-AM suppliers say they can have. The synergies between our two companies will support developers of new products to optimise their designs without compromise or restraint.”
The delivery of the titanium Sapphire machine is expected to take place in Q1 2021, with Primus to offer its Additive Manufacturing capabilities from the facility in Golden, Colorado.