Velo3D, Campbell, California, USA, has announced that Lockheed Martin has adopted its end-to-end Additive Manufacturing solution at its Additive Design & Manufacturing Centre, which pilots AM technologies for Lockheed Martin’s space division. Velo3D was said to have been selected for its advanced quality assurance capabilities, made possible through its Assure software which provides layer-by-layer traceability of machine health, part integrity, and build reporting.
The system Velo3D has delivered to Lockheed Martin includes a Sapphire Additive Manufacturing machine, Flow build preparation software, Assure quality assurance and control software, and its underlying Intelligent Fusion manufacturing process, which reputedly optimises the Additive Manufacturing process by combining process simulation, geometry-based detection, and build process monitoring during manufacture.
“The past few years have uncovered weaknesses in the global supply chain, which is causing many companies to evaluate new technologies to feed production of their mission-critical parts and hardware, and distribute their manufacturing processes,” stated Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D CEO. “An Additive Manufacturing solution that can print identical parts anywhere you have a printer can not only help solve some very specific, complex challenges in our global supply chain, it can also lower production costs and lead times, and enable the manufacturing of parts in closer proximity to where they are needed.”
The company’s latest Sapphire XC machine enables higher productivity at lower production costs, enabling the builds up to 600 mm in diameter and 550 mm in height, some 500% larger than the previous Sapphire system.