VELO3D, the leader in 3D metal printing, recently announced that it has partnered with Boom Supersonic, the Colorado company building history’s fastest supersonic airliner, to manufacture the flight hardware necessary to build XB-1, Boom’s Mach-2.2 supersonic demonstrator aircraft. Boom is leveraging VELO3D’s Intelligent Fusion technology, which enables significant process control that helps make impossible designs a reality.
XB-1 is the first independently-developed supersonic jet that will prove the key technologies in-flight for safe, efficient travel at Mach 2.2 (1,687mph). XB-1 combines over 3,700 parts and some of the most advanced technologies including advanced carbon fiber composites, a refined delta wing planform, and an efficient variable-geometry propulsion system.
XB-1 has unique and demanding functional, performance, and precision requirements, so Boom turned to VELO3D to leverage its deep market expertise and customer support partnership. VELO3D’s Intelligent Fusion technology provides a level of control, design freedom, and quality assurance that is critical in challenging design environments such as supersonic aircraft performance. With VELO3D, Boom hopes to use metal additive manufacturing to accelerate aircraft development and improve system performance.