Velo3D, Campbell, California, USA, has delivered the seventh Sapphire® metal AM machine to its largest production customer, which has ordered a total of twelve systems within the past year. All of the previously installed systems are said to be in full production and producing mission critical parts for aerospace applications. The remaining balance of the systems will reportedly ship before the end of Q1 2020.
Velo3D’s Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) makes it possible to build low-angle geometries without support structures. Where existing PBF AM machines will typically require extensive supports for angles below 45°, the Velo3D solution comprised of Flow™ software, Sapphire machine and Assure™ quality management software, can repeatably produce high-quality metal parts with angles below 10°. It can also build large inner diameters up to 40 mm without the need of supports, as compared to 10 mm with existing metal AM systems.
“Our mission is to enable OEMs in aerospace and other key verticals to gain trust in 3D metal printing as a dependable manufacturing technology,” commented Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of Velo3D. “Our end-to-end solution enables end-users to adopt Additive Manufacturing without extensive redesign, increasing the viability of 3D metal printing of existing parts.”
Velo3D recently celebrated its one-year anniversary of commercialisation, announcing over $24 million in sales at the end of Q3 2019.