VELO3D and Honeywell Aerospace have announced a partnership to qualify VELO3D’s Sapphire system as a viable manufacturing platform for 3D print production of aircraft components. The Sapphire system was selected for its unique capabilities for building highly complex geometries without the requirement of support structures. This enables customers to benefit from substantial time, cost, and quality improvements.
The VELO3D Sapphire system will be in Honeywell Aerospace’s Phoenix facility. The qualification process is underway and is focused on INCONEL, a nickel-based superalloy well suited for extreme temperatures. VELO3D will provide their expertise in developing suitable parameter sets for Honeywell Aerospace to complete material qualification utilizing the Sapphire system to achieve optimal material properties. The qualification process is anticipated to be complete by the third quarter of this year.