Velo3D, Inc, based in Campbell, California, USA, announced that Valiant Products, Inc, a contract manufacturer based in Lakeland, Florida, has acquired a fully integrated Sapphire XC metal Additive Manufacturing machine. The new Sapphire XC is a Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) machine calibrated for Inconel 718, a nickel-based alloy that is extensively used to produce parts for aerospace and industrial applications.
Founded in 1975, Valiant Products has experience in both conventional and Additive Manufacturing technologies. The company reported that it purchased the Sapphire XC after a mutual aerospace customer sought to leverage Velo3D’s Additive Manufacturing technology in its supply chain to produce components for its rocket engines.
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“Bob English and the entire Valiant team have a long legacy of adopting innovative approaches to solving their customers’ challenges. Through the process of installing their Sapphire XC, we’ve been continually impressed by their attention to detail,” said Michelle Sidwell, Velo3D EVP of Global Sales and Business Development. “With their proximity to the Cape Canaveral launch pads, they will be a great resource for aerospace customers looking to produce parts for rocket and air-breathing engines. We welcome them to our contract manufacturer network and look forward to seeing how our joint customers use their services and our fully integrated solution to transform their supply chains.”
Valiant Products is an ITAR-registered contract manufacturer. The company works with many innovative companies in the key industries that leverage metal Additive Manufacturing, including space, aviation, energy, and tooling. Other manufacturing services provided by Valiant Products include heat treatment, precision machining, wire EDM, and sheet metal fabrication, which allow the company to manufacture parts and assemblies from start to finish.
“At Valiant Products, we continually evaluate new manufacturing technologies to ensure our customers have access to the best capabilities that can produce the most complex designs and geometries,” Bob English, founder and CEO of Valiant Products, Inc, shared. “Solutions like Velo3D’s metal 3D printing technology unlock new manufacturing capabilities for us so we can better serve our customers. We are confident that our customers will fully leverage the technology to build lighter weight, more performant parts.”
Valiant has stated that it plans to upgrade its new Sapphire XC machine to a Sapphire XC 1MZ, which is capable of producing parts up to 1 m in height.