Velo3D announces large-format Sapphire XC metal Additive Manufacturing machine

October 21, 2020

The new Sapphire XC features a build volume of 600 mm x 550 mm and eight 1,000 W lasers (Courtesy Velo3D)

Velo3D, Campbell, California, USA, has announced the Sapphire XC, a large-format metal Additive Manufacturing machine. The new machine is said to increase production throughput by five times, whilst reducing cost-per-part by up to 75%, when compared to the company’s existing Sapphire machine.

The new Sapphire XC features a build volume of 600 mm x 550 mm, compared to 315 mm x 400 mm in the Sapphire. Productivity is increased thanks to the use of eight 1,000 W lasers, compared to two 1000 W lasers in the Sapphire.

The company has also announced plans to roll-out Sapphire Gen 2, a software and hardware upgrade to the current machine. Users can expect an improvement of anywhere between 10–50% in productivity and part-cost metrics when compared to the current Sapphire system. The Sapphire Gen 2 upgrade will be available to retrofit on all installed systems starting in Q2 2021.

The Sapphire product family now includes Sapphire Gen 2, the one-metre tall Sapphire 1MZ and Sapphire XC — all using the Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) process with patented capabilities to build without consideration of support structures. Sapphire machines are said to be targeted specifically at the aerospace, power generation and energy markets’ need for quality-assured manufacturing of uncompromised geometries.

“Printing larger parts without the Additive Manufacturing constraints of support structures is highly attractive to many industrial end-users,” stated Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D. “For the first time, customers will be able to 3D-print uncompromised geometries, with the highest confidence in part quality, in a large format system.”

“Quality assurance with large-scale components is critical because the economic impact of failed builds is very significant. We have demonstrated that our integrated solution is capable of producing a greater yield of high-quality parts, and that foundational technology will transfer to our new Sapphire XC,” he added.

Velo3D states that, to date, it has received thirteen advance orders for its new metal Additive Manufacturing system, with delivery of the Sapphire XC expected to begin in Q4 2021.

Download the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Our latest issue is now available to view online or download in PDF format.

As well as an extensive AM industry news section, this 216-page issue includes articles and reports on:

  • Atherton Bikes: The journey from world title success to mastering Additive Manufacturing for performance bike production
  • Advancing rocket propulsion through Additive Manufacturing, novel surface finishing technologies and public-private partnerships
  • From aerospace engineering to AM: Melanie Lang on FormAlloy and the future of Directed Energy Deposition (DED)
  • Additive Manufacturing of hardmetals: An evaluation of potential processes for tool production
  • High-performance nickel-base alloys for Additive Manufacturing: A review of their limitations and potential
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing in New Zealand: An overview of research, commercial activities and strategic initiatives
  • Hybrid inserts for mould and die production: How workflow optimisation can help make the business case for AM
  • Neighborhood 91: The bridge to Additive Manufacturing production
  • > More information

Latest news


    Sign up to our e-newsletter, sent weekly to AM professionals and end-users around the world. We'll also let you know each time a new issue of Metal AM magazine is available.

    Discover our magazine archive…

    The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:
    • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
    • Articles on technology and application trends
    • Information on materials developments
    • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
    • International industry news
    All past issues are available to download in PDF format, in either single page format or as double-page “spreads” for viewing on large monitors. All downloads are free of charge. Go to archive...

    Connect with us

    Visit our social media channels and sign up to our e-newsletter

    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap