Sapphire & Sapphire 1MZ

Velo3D provides a revolutionary metal end-to-end additive manufacturing solution enabling designers to build parts they need without design or quality compromises. The Velo3D intelligent solution is not just a printer, it is a highly integrated production system driven by our underlying SupportFree manufacturing process. The solution includes our Flow intelligent print preparation software, your choice of a Sapphire printer, and our Assure quality monitoring and control software.

The Sapphire family of printers are next generation laser powder bed fusion metal AM printers capable of printing complex geometries including low angle prints down to zero degrees, high aspect ratio structures up to 3000:1, large inner diameters up to 100 mm, and support free free-floating parts previously thought impossible.

Sapphire and Sapphire 1MZ Configurations

For higher volume production parts see Sapphire XC and XC 1MZ printers

Development & Production-Level Additive Manufacturing

Enabling SupportFree Geometries

Low angles down to zero degrees enable previously impossible geometries and significantly less post processing. Large inner diameters up to 100 mm enables manifolds, volutes and crossovers.

Sapphire prints leak-free vertical tubes with wall thicknesses down to 300 microns, as tall as 400 mm. It can print low angle pins, down to 15 degrees, as small as 450 microns. Vertical pins can be printed as small as 150 microns.

High aspect ratios, up to 3000:1, enable high performance heat exchangers and assemblies to be produced with exceptional quality.

Made for Production

The standard build cylindrical chamber of 315 mm diameter by 400 mm height is now available in a 1000 mm height configuration for taller parts. Both feature dual 1kW lasers for faster printing and our proprietary non-contact recoater to reduce the risk of part collisions, further enabling support free builds.

In-situ metrology sensors enable visibility into the quality of every layer of the build. Calibration requires no external instrumentation, enabling runtime and one-click optics calibration. Continuous powder handling and inert powder unpacking are included.

Laser and Optics Fidelity

  • Run-time and one-click optics calibrations
  • Self-cleaning laser windows

Powder Bed Uniformity

  • Non-contact recoater
  • Per-layer 3D powder bed height mapping
  • Full-height printing without interruption for powder addition
    or filter changes

Environmental Control

  • Low ppm O2 during normal operation
  • Active humidity monitoring
  • Ambient temperature and pressure operation
  • Highly regulated chamber gas flows
  • High efficiency spatter removal

1MZ Features

  • 1000 mm tall build volume
  • Same SupportFree capabilities with identical build parameters
    as standard Sapphire

System Features

Build Volume315 mm Ø315 mm Ø
400 mm Z1000 mm Z
Size (L x W x H)2.1 x 2.1 x 2.5 m2.1 x 2.1 x 2.5 m
(82.5 x 82.5 x 98 in)plus 1.37 m (54 in) pit
Weight2,875 kg (6,325 lbs)3,150 kg (6,930 lbs)
LasersDual 1 kW lasers, Class 1
ThroughputUp to 100 cc/hr
Surface finish5-15 μm Sa (typical)

Qualified Materials

NickelInconel® 718, Inconel 625®, Hastelloy® C-22,Hastelloy® X, Amperprint® 0233 Haynes® 282®1
TitaniumTi-6Al-4V Grade 23, Grade 5
AluminumF357, Scalmalloy®
SteelM300 Tool Steel
1Powder is produced by Höganäs under license from Haynes, International, Inc.

SupportFree Metal 3D Printing

Velo3D separates itself from existing powder bed fusion solutions with its unique ability to print low angles and overhangs down to zero degrees, as well as large diameter circular holes and inner tubes up to 100 mm all the way down to 500 microns without the need for supports.

This not only reduces the need for post-processing, but it ovecomes the “45 degree rule” for conventional AM which recommends supports for most surfaces less than 45 degrees. Velo3D frees designers to build the impossible – unlocking a wealth of designs that can now be produced with additive technology.

Build the Part You Need
Without Design or Quality Compromise

PB-Sapphire.EN.2022-05-06.v2-3.U.USL 0905-07887_M 2022-05-06. Specifications are subject to change without notice.