Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing acquires Velo3D’s Sapphire XC 3D Printer

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  • The addition supports Keselowski’s efforts to utilize innovative, advanced manufacturing technology for the benefit of its customers in Aerospace, Defence, Energy, and Automotive.
(Left to Right) Velo3D CEO Benny Buller and Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing owner and founder Brad Keselowski in the company’s Statesville, NC facility
Velo3D CEO Benny Buller and Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing owner and founder Brad Keselowski in the company’s Statesville, NC facility/Source: Velo3D

Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM), a leading 3D printing company for mission-critical parts, has acquired a Sapphire XC printer and joined the Velo3D Contract Manufacturer Network, according to Velo3D. The purchase is Keselowski’s first from Velo3D, and it continues the company’s legacy of delivering finished, high-quality parts to its customers by utilising the most advanced manufacturing capabilities on the market.

Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing’s Sapphire XC printer is calibrated to print in a nickel-based superalloy that resists oxidation and corrosion at high temperatures. The alloy is widely used in aerospace, space, defence, and energy applications, all of which are important to KAM. The Sapphire XC was purchased by the company to enable it to print much larger parts for its customers.

“Our customers are some of the most innovative companies in their industries and, as a result, they present some of the most complex manufacturing problems to solve—this is where KAM thrives.

– Brad Keselowski, Owner and Founder of Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing

Keselowski added, “We are continually investing in new technologies to provide the highest quality finished parts, which starts with additive manufacturing technology but also includes quality precision machining to a finished part. With our established processes and team, we feel confident that our Sapphire XC will allow us to serve new industries by increasing the physical size of the parts we can deliver. This will be our first Sapphire XC but as demand for these parts increases, we can easily add more printers to our fleet due to Velo3D’s machine-to-machine repeatability.”

Since its initial shipment in Q4 2021, the Sapphire XC has quickly become one of Velo3D‘s most popular products. It is capable of printing parts up to 600mm in diameter and 550mm in height. The Sapphire XC 1MZ is also available in a 1-meter length. By swapping out the build module, the regular Sapphire XC can be easily upgraded to a Sapphire XC 1MZ.

“With such extensive experience in engineering, simulation, and manufacturing mission critical metal parts, the KAM team is well equipped to put the full printing capabilities of the Sapphire XC to work. With an extensive client-base of innovative companies operating in many of the same industries we work with, Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing will see extensive utilization of their new metal additive manufacturing solution.”

– Dr. Zach Murphree, Velo3D Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development

The fully integrated solution from Velo3D greatly simplifies the additive manufacturing process and integrates easily into standard manufacturing workflows. Velo3D customers can more easily scale up production to meet demand for their additively manufactured products due to the solution’s calibration and underlying manufacturing processes. This is made possible by Velo3D’s ability to remove many of the variables found in traditional additive manufacturing solutions. Customers and contract manufacturers can easily add more printers to their fleets to meet production demands without having to requalify every part.

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