Velo3D delivers the first Sapphire XC 3D printer ”
Velo3D (NYSE: VLD) delivered its first Sapphire XC 3D printer. Equipped with 8 lasers of 1 kW, the Sapphire XC, or “Extra Capacity”, is the newest and largest metal 3D printer from Velo3D, designed for faster production and larger parts. The Sapphire XC is a larger version of the Sapphire printer, using the same Flow print preparation software, the same Assure quality control software and the same Intelligent Fusion manufacturing process. Velo3D revealed that the system was acquired by an aerospace customer but did not disclose the name of the company. Several aeronautical and space parts manufacturing companies already use Velo3D solutions, including SpaceX, Launcher, Primus Aerospace, Honeywell and others.
Sapphire XC is designed to enable a seamless transition from parts developed and qualified on Sapphire to the larger, more productive system, reducing the cost of producing parts by up to 75%. Sapphire XC is also expanding the use of the Velo3D production solution to parts that are up to 400% larger in volume than the largest parts that can be produced with Sapphire. The aerospace company that will receive the new Sapphire XC will use it to ramp up production for a product built using the fleet of Sapphire metal 3D printers it has already installed.
“I believe the Sapphire XC will quickly become the benchmark for advanced metal additive manufacturing,” said Benny Buller, CEO and Founder of Velo3D. “Because our customer is already using our end-to-end production solution, they can immediately and seamlessly move parts to Sapphire XC for a phenomenal increase in production rate. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that Sapphire XC uses the exact same manufacturing process as Sapphire. The ability to seamlessly move production between different products was considered impossible when we launched Velo3D, but I’m proud to report that we’ve unlocked this capability for our customers and partners. It’s a huge achievement, our biggest achievement of 2021. “
The new machine is one of the largest Powder Bed Laser Fusion (L-PBF) printers with a build volume of 600mm in diameter and 550mm in height, which is 400% larger in volume than the Sapphire system. original. It uses eight 1 kilowatt lasers to selectively weld powdered metal layer by layer (Velo3D’s original Sapphire system uses two 1 kilowatt lasers). Compared to the original Sapphire system, Velo3D’s proprietary protrusion-tolerant coater is now twice as fast on Sapphire XC, dramatically reducing non-productive downtime.
All of these features come together to dramatically increase throughput by up to 400%, reducing the cost of parts produced by up to 75%.
Velo3D currently has a backlog of firm reservations for 17 additional Sapphire XC systems as well as 19 additional reservations. The demand is primarily driven by the lower production costs that Sapphire XC can afford to customers who have adopted the original Sapphire printers and its ability to produce much larger parts. The ability for existing customers to seamlessly switch from Sapphire to Sapphire XC is a key differentiator for Velo3D. This is made possible by Velo3D’s end-to-end solution which preserves design intent and delivers predictable and repeatable results.
Flow pre-print preparation software analyzes part designs and prescribes a set of known recipes required to manufacture the part. Customers simply download the CAD file of a part they want to print, and the simulation engine built into the software creates a file that can be used on any device to build the exact same part. As parts are printed, the Assure ™ quality assurance and control system monitors manufacturing and provides detailed reports for full layer-by-layer traceability. This gives customers the assurance that the parts produced are identical on all Sapphire® printers.
The Sapphire XC is capable of printing using a wide variety of materials that are often used in the production of critical parts in the aviation, aerospace, defense, oil and gas and gas industries. ‘energy. The list of available metals includes Inconel 718 and 625, Hastelloy X, Hastelloy C22, Aluminum, Scalmalloy and Titanium Ti-6Al-4V. Velo3D is constantly evaluating and qualifying new materials for use in its end-to-end solution.