Velo3D releases end-to-end metal AM solution

Velo3D has announced the general release of its end-to-end metal additive manufacturing (AM) solution comprised of the Sapphire™ system, Flow™ print preparation software, and Intelligent Fusion™ technology. Together, the solution solves some of the most difficult AM challenges including product design limitations, part-to-part consistency, process control and cost-effective manufacturing.

The Sapphire system is a laser powder bed metal additive 3D printing system designed for high volume manufacturing. To maximize productivity, the Sapphire system contains a module that enables automated change-over with offline unpacking.

Flow print preparation software includes support generation, process selection, slicing and simulation of complex part designs to validate execution feasibility before the build. Flow minimizes the need for supports, reducing typical support volume by 3-5 times, which removes or reduces the laborious post processing necessary with conventional approaches.

Intelligent Fusion is the technology that powers Flow software and the Sapphire system. Intelligent Fusion optimizes the AM process by combining thermal process simulation, print prediction, and closed-loop control during print execution.

Velo3D systems are currently used by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and manufacturing service providers