Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Expands Additive Metals Capacity with VELO3D’s Sapphire Printer

The Sapphire laser fusion metal additive manufacturing system allows for printing of complex part geometries with in-situ metrology, closed-loop control, and low-to-no support structures.

The Sapphire laser fusion metal additive manufacturing system allows for printing of complex part geometries with in-situ metrology, closed-loop control, and low-to-no support structures.

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Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is expanding its additive metals offering with the addition of VELO3D’s Sapphire 3D print system and Flow software. The Sapphire laser fusion metal additive manufacturing system allows for printing of complex part geometries with in-situ metrology, closed-loop control, and low-to-no support structures.

The solution’s built-in tools include support generation, simulated print predictions, per-surface process application, slice composer and process review. This functionality allows for 3D printed production of complex metal components with more quality control, the company reports.

“The Sapphire system from VELO3D is an important part of advancing our capabilities to include using additive metals in applications and geometries previously challenging to 3D print,” says Kent Firestone, CEO of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. “This is a natural step in building our service portfolio, and we are excited to take on projects with more complexity to drive further adoption of serialized production additive manufacturing and push the boundaries of 3D metal printing.”

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing delivers a range of 3D printed production parts annually, including serialized production components for the aerospace and energy sectors.

“The Sapphire system from VELO3D enables a new level of manufacturing above and beyond current metal additive manufacturing systems, and we’re excited that Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has chosen to add this platform to their fleet,” says Benny Buller, CEO of VELO3D. “Together, we look forward to pushing the boundaries of what is possible and solving the most complex customer problems with support free metal AM.”

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