Velo3D, a manufacturer of Additive Manufacturing machines headquartered in Campbell, California, USA, has reported its largest order to date for its Sapphire metal Additive Manufacturing machine. The company will deliver four additional systems to one of its aerospace customers, bringing the total number of machines purchased by the undisclosed customer to nine. The company expects to have completed the delivery by the end of the year.
According to Velo3D, while conventional Additive Manufacturing systems require supports for any geometry below 45°, the Sapphire machine enables engineers to realise designs with overhangs lower than 10°, and large inner diameters, without supports. The machine offers a 315 mm x 400 mm height build envelope, with high-throughput dual kW laser operation. It also features an integrated in-situ process metrology that enables closed-loop meltpool control, said to maximise productivity.
“We are excited to see customers ramping with Sapphire’s SupportFree capabilities,” stated Benny Buller, CEO of Velo3D. “It is clear from customer feedback on our first deliveries that the demand for SupportFree, production ready, Sapphire metal 3D printers is strong and that we are exceeding expectations for the technology.”