Velo3D has achieved its tallest build-chamber size yet, reaching one-metre in height, for its support-free Sapphire metals 3D printer.
The large, closed-chamber printer is designed to work with the advanced specialty metals that must be laser-fused in a tightly controlled, gas-regulated environment to achieve the highest-quality production parts.
In addition to the 1m build height, the machine has a 315mm-diameter build plate, dual 1kW lasers, in-situ optical calibration, and many of the same characteristics of the existing Sapphire machine.
“Best of all, it will still utilise our highly patented SupportFree process, in-situ calibration, and process control for quality assurance.”
The system will ship in Q4 2020, with precision-tool and component manufacturer Knust-Godwin securing the first order to produce parts for an oil and gas application.
The immediate part opportunity that Knust-Godwin will address with the meter-tall Sapphire printer is a part for oilfield drilling that is currently manufactured by more than five subtractive processes.
“There tends to be a trade-off between large-format additive machines and part quality; Velo3D is attractive to us because of their semiconductor heritage and engineering disciplines around process control and metrology,” said Mike Corliss, VP of Technology at Knust-Godwin.
“We have confidence that we’ll be able to build mission-critical industrial parts without compromises made to part quality.”