Velo3D, Campbell, California, USA, a developer of metal Additive Manufacturing machines and software, has signed a distribution agreement with Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC), a global provider of welding solutions and industrial gases located in Tokyo, Japan.
TNSC will reportedly represent Velo3D in Japan through sales and service of its integrated solution of hardware and software – the Sapphire® machine, Flow™ pre-print preparation software and Assure™ quality control and assurance software. As part of the agreement, TNSC will purchase the complete Velo3D Additive Manufacturing solution and be a strategic partner of the company. This will reportedly be the first Velo3D system in Japan, and second Velo3D system in Asia Pacific.
“This partnership is a key part of our total solution strategy in the Additive Manufacturing market by partnering with market leading Laser Powder Bed Fusion Technology suppliers,” stated Kunihiro Kobayashi, Corporate Officer TNSC. “Velo3D’s Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) solution is the most differentiated in the market with its SupportFree capabilities providing the capacity to print even the most complex geometries with quality and consistency. We are excited to bring the Sapphire machine to Japanese customers.”
“Our mission is to enable OEMs in our key market 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 users to adopt Additive Manufacturing without extensive redesign, increasing the viability of 3D metal printing of existing parts. We believe TNSC is the best representative of this message in Japan, based on their unique expertise in welding processes, heat treatment and gas optimisation.”