Visser Precision’s Velo3D Sapphires to support aerospace customers

February 8, 2023

February 8, 2023

An additively manufactured volute, used in high-temperature oxidising environments in rocket engines, is indicative of the type of parts that can leverage the material properties of Haynes 214 (Courtesy Velo3D)
An additively manufactured volute, used in high-temperature oxidising environments in rocket engines, is indicative of the type of parts that can leverage the material properties of Haynes 214 (Courtesy Velo3D)

Velo3D, Campbell, California, USA, has announced the sale of two of its Sapphire Additive Manufacturing machines to Visser Precision, Denver, Colorado, a contract manufacturer which intends to expand its AM capabilities for its aerospace customers.

One of these machines is the first Sapphire calibrated for Haynes 214 (UNS N07214), a nickel-based superalloy that is now available as a powder option for all Velo3D customers. The alloy is said to stand apart from other nickel-based alloys by providing enhanced oxidation resistance.

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The other Sapphire purchased by Visser is calibrated for Inconel 718, commonly used in many aerospace and industrial applications for its high strength and corrosion resistance.

Visser Precision has an extensive background in both metal and polymer Additive Manufacturing, providing services to customers in aerospace, defence, automotive, and industrial tooling with finished parts that are ready to use in mission-critical applications. Visser Precision purchased its Sapphire machines after a mutual aerospace customer sought to leverage Velo3D’s AM technology for components in its rocket engines.

“In the short time we have worked with Visser Precision, I’ve been very impressed by the thoroughness of their team,” stated Zach Murphree, VP – Global Business Development and Sales, Velo3D. “With the first Haynes 214 Sapphire in our contract manufacturing network, they will be a great resource for the aerospace industry. We expect many of our existing customers will utilise them for their supply chain needs. Based on Visser Precision’s innovative customer base, I’m certain they will utilise the complete capabilities of our fully integrated solution.”

As an ITAR-registered contract manufacturer, Visser Precision has extensive experience working with advanced companies in aerospace and defence, two of the industries that have extensively adopted Velo3D’s technology. The company’s full services include heat treatment, precision machining, and wire EDM. At its Denver facility, Visser Precision also offers its customers functional testing and precision inspection in a climate-controlled environment that is AS9100:D and ISO 9001:2015 certified.

“Our team at Visser Precision is dedicated to providing the best manufacturing technologies to our customers so we can produce the highest quality parts from the most complex designs,” said Jack Kerr, president of Visser Precision. “We view our customers as partners, so when one of them asked us to explore Velo3D’s technology, we did. We were very impressed by the company’s ability to print highly complex part geometries with minimal – and, in some cases, no – supports.”

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