How Large Format Metal AM Printers are Revolutionizing Mission-Critical Manufacturing
The race to space is taking off across the globe. As these companies look to meet their manufacturing milestones, they are increasingly looking to metal 3d printing. However, until recently, the options for large format printing have been limited to lower precision technologies like DED. For detailed and complex turbomachinery and regeneratively cooled combustion chambers, engineers require higher precision. Enter the age of large format Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF).
Velo3D’s Sapphire XC 1MZ is built to enable a seamless transition of parts originally developed and qualified on the smaller format Sapphire. With a cylindrical 600 mm diameter x 1000 mm build volume, the Sapphire XC 1MZ is the largest printer available from a leading LPBF supplier. This unlocks a lower cost of production for many industries from aerospace and defense to energy and oil and gas. Most critically, for the space industry, it means larger rocket engines and a quicker time to market.
For this on-demand session, moderated by Joris Peels of 3DPrint.com, we feature Velo3D’s Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development Dr. Zach Murphree, and Director of Technical Sales, Gene Miller to discuss the benefits and applications of the Sapphire XC solution.
- How larger build volumes, 6 additional 8 1-kilowatt lasers, and a faster non-contact recoater decrease the time required between build layers help increase throughput by up to 400% and lower the cost of produced parts by up to 75%.
- What the largest LPBF build volume in the industry (600 mm Ø x 1,000 mm height) means for different applications.
- How to seamlessly transition from the Sapphire or Sapphire 1MZ to the Sapphire XC or XC 1MZ with the same validated material properties
- The different applications of these systems for aerospace, aviation, defense, and energy.