- The contract manufacturer will operate its new Sapphire XC Printer at its Lakeland, Florida facility to produce mission critical parts in Inconel 718 for its customers.
Velo3D, Inc., a leading metal additive manufacturing technology company for mission-critical parts, announced today that Valiant Products, Inc., a contract manufacturer serving major industries ranging from medical to space, has purchased a fully integrated Sapphire XC Printer to expand its additive manufacturing capabilities for its aerospace customers.
A Sapphire XC printer calibrated for Inconel 718, a nickel-based alloy widely used in aerospace and industrial applications, is included in the purchase. Valiant intends to upgrade its new Sapphire XC printer to a Sapphire XC 1MZ, which can produce parts up to one metre tall.
Sapphire XC Printer for Mission Critical Parts
Valiant Products, founded in 1975, has extensive experience in both conventional and additive manufacturing technologies. Throughout its nearly 50-year history, the company has consistently adopted new manufacturing technologies to serve its forward-thinking customers. Valiant Products purchased its Sapphire XC printer after a mutual aerospace customer sought to use Velo3D’s additive manufacturing technology in its supply chain to produce rocket engine components.
“Bob English and the entire Valiant team have a long legacy of adopting innovative approaches to solving their customers’ challenges. Through the process of installing their Sapphire XC, we’ve been continually impressed by their attention to detail.”– Michelle Sidwell, Velo3D EVPof Global Sales and Business Development
Sidwell added, “With their proximity to the Cape Canaveral launch pads, they will be a great resource for aerospace customers looking to produce parts for rocket and air-breathing engines. We welcome them to our contract manufacturer network and look forward to seeing how our joint customers use their services and our fully integrated solution to transform their supply chains.”
Valiant Products is a contract manufacturer that is ITAR-registered. The company collaborates with many forward-thinking companies in key industries that use metal 3D printing, such as space, aviation, energy, and tooling. Valiant Products also offers heat treatment, precision machining, wire EDM, and sheet metal fabrication, allowing the company to manufacture parts and assemblies from start to finish.
“At Valiant Products, we continually evaluate new manufacturing technologies to ensure our customers have access to the best capabilities that can produce the most complex designs and geometries.”– Bob English, Founder and CEO of Valiant Products, Inc.
English continued, “Solutions like Velo3D’s metal 3D printing technology unlock new manufacturing capabilities for us so we can better serve our customers. We are confident that our customers will fully leverage the technology to build lighter weight, more performant parts.”
Velo3D’s contract manufacturing network
Companies can easily explore the print capabilities of Velo3D’s additive manufacturing technology without purchasing a system by utilising the company’s contract manufacturing network. This also enables businesses to strengthen their supply chains by allowing them to obtain the parts they require from a variety of suppliers. Customers can produce parts across any printer using the same print file because Velo3D provides a fully integrated solution that includes Flow print preparation software, Assure quality assurance software, and the underlying Intelligent Fusion manufacturing process.
Inconel 718 is a nickel-based alloy with high strength and corrosion resistance at high temperatures and pressures. The alloy is widely used in the aerospace industry for the production of mission-critical components. Many rocket propulsion companies have been able to significantly reduce the weight of their engines while improving performance by 3D printing parts in Inconel 718. By doing so, the final engines can increase their thrust-to-weight ratio, allowing them to deliver larger payloads to orbit than conventional engines can.
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