CAMPBELL, Calif., December 3, 2019 — Velo3D, an innovator in metal additive manufacturing (AM), announced today delivery of the seventh Sapphire® printer to its largest production customer, which has already ordered a total of 12 systems in the past year. All previously installed systems are in full production creating mission-critical parts for aerospace applications. The balance of the systems will ship before the end of Q1 2020. The combination of twelve systems and their productivity makes this one of the largest concentrations of metal additive-manufacturing capacity in the world.
Velo3D pioneered the concept of SupportFree, known for its ability to build low-angle geometries without support structures. Where existing powder-bed AM machines will typically require extensive supports for angles below 45 degrees, the Velo3D solution—consisting of Flow™ pre-print software, Sapphire® printer and Assure™ quality management software—can consistently and repeatably produce high-quality metal parts with angles below 10 degrees. This enables geometries, once considered not economically feasible or simply impossible, to be printed.
The system can also build large inner diameters up to 40 mm (1.57”) without need of supports, as compared to 10 mm with existing metal AM machines. Avoiding support structures and reducing post-processing has created a new business case for metal AM adoption.
“Our mission is to enable OEMs in aerospace and other key verticals to gain trust in 3D metal printing as a dependable manufacturing technology,” says 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.”
Velo3D recently celebrated their one-year anniversary of commercialization, announcing over $24 million in sales at the end of Q3 2019.
Velo3D empowers companies to manufacture anything. Bringing together an integrated solution of software, hardware, and process-control innovation, Velo3D introduced the first SupportFree capability for 3D metal printing. This enables unlimited design innovation by reducing the need for support structures in metal additive manufacturing. The company’s Sapphire® system is built with a semiconductor mindset on quality assurance, ensuring repeatability and dependability throughout serial manufacturing. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Velo3D helps companies deliver immediate business impact by making the impossible, possible. To learn more, please visit www.VELO3D.com.