Velo3D, Campbell, CA, USA, announced the Sapphire XC, a large format metal additive manufacturing machine. The new machine is said to increase production throughput five times, while reducing cost per part by up to 75%, compared to the company’s existing Sapphire machine.
The new Sapphire XC features a build volume of 600mm x 550mm, compared to 315mm x 400mm in the Sapphire. Productivity is increased with the use of eight 1000 W lasers, compared to two 1000 W lasers in the Sapphire.
The company also announced plans to roll out Sapphire Gen 2, a software and hardware upgrade to the current machine. Users can expect a 10-50% improvement in productivity and part cost metrics compared to the current Sapphire system. The Sapphire Gen 2 upgrade will be available for upgrade on all installed systems from Q2 2021.
The Sapphire product family now includes the Sapphire Gen 2, the one-meter tall Sapphire 1MZ and the Sapphire XC, all using the Laser Powder Beam Fusion (PBF-LB) process with patented capabilities to build without holding account of support structures. Sapphire machines are said to specifically target the needs of the aerospace, power generation and power markets for guaranteed quality manufacturing of uncompromising geometries.
âPrinting larger parts without the additive manufacturing constraints of support structures is very appealing to many industrial end users,â said Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of Velo3D. âFor the first time, customers will be able to 3D print geometries without compromise, with the utmost confidence in part quality, in a large format system. “
âQuality assurance with large-scale components is essential because the economic impact of failed constructions is very large. We have demonstrated that our integrated solution is capable of producing a higher yield of high quality parts, and that the core technology will be transferred to our new Sapphire XC, âhe added.
Velo3D states that to date it has received thirteen advance orders for its new metal additive manufacturing system, with delivery of the Sapphire XC scheduled to begin in Q4 2021.