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CRP Meccanica distributes VELO3D Sapphire 3D printers in Europe

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Modena-based CRP Meccanica is now the exclusive distributor for Italy of VELO3D Metal printers.  “We will work alongside the customer by offering them sales and after-sales support, service and maintenance, and support during the production phase,” commented Engineer Franco Cevolini, CTO and President at CRP Meccanica.

CRP Meccanica, a leader in High-Precision CNC Machining service with 20 years of experience in the field of metal additive technologies, has signed the distribution agreement to become the exclusive distributor for the Italian market and an account distributor for Europe of VELO3D High-Performance SupportFreeTM Metal 3D printers.

CRP Meccanica will also provide constant technical assistance to the customer and support also for backup in case of production downtimes or production peaks. Engineer Franco Cevolini, CTO and President CRP Meccanica, continued: “We are creating a revolution in manufacturing technology. The experience and credibility the whole world recognizes in CRP Meccanica will help VELO3D transform the Italian and European metal 3D printing market. We are ready to embrace this new cutting-edge technology, combining it with the expertise gained over 50 years of activity serving the most demanding industrial sectors and delivering extraordinary results. The skills of the CRP companies combined with VELO3D ‘s advanced technology will give life to an unprecedented, unique technological point of reference in the world.

I strongly believe in this project—Cevolini added. VELO3D ‘s Sapphire Metal Additive Manufacturing solution is the next generation in metal laser powder bed fusion, is a real game-changer, and can make the difference in many high-level industrial fields.”

CRP distributes VELO3D
Cross section of a 3D printed heat exchanger. Courtesy of PWR

VELO3D’s unique additive manufacturing capabilities allow for the production of parts that cannot be made via any other technology—including most current AM systems. It alleviates the designer from the constraints of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), meaning that engineers can now get the parts they really need, not just the parts advocated by commodity AM and DfAM practitioners. VELO3D’s capabilities uniquely enable designs with overhangs down to zero degrees, allowing the most challenging and revolutionary projects to come to life. VELO3D empowers manufacturers to address the most difficult manufacturing challenges through its next-generation Sapphire® metal additive manufacturing solution with support-free production.

It overcomes the “45-degree rule” for conventional AM which recommends supports for any surface positioned with less than a 45 degree angle. VELO3D frees designers to build the impossible – unlocking a wealth of designs that can now be produced with additive technology.

This intelligent, integrated suite of software and hardware enables the seamless end-to-end workflow, enhanced geometric flexibility, agility, traceable part quality and accuracy, decreased production time and reduced cost of parts and ownership that manufacturers demand. It was invented to solve the hardest-to-solve problems in manufacturing, and it is taking metal additive to a new level of performance and power.

Franco Cevolini concluded: “Metal AM systems must address the challenge of support structures that are added to parts. This is a constraint: these supports need to be removed so this requirement adds steps throughout the workflow that negatively affect time, cost and quality. VELO3D has solved the issue, making advanced Metal AM a SupportFreeTM technology, suitable for the most demanding industrial sectors, which must manufacture parts of the highest level. The benefit of support-less metal AM promotes innovation by removing barriers that constrain designs, processes, and business models.”

“CRP Meccanica is unique with its more than half a century of experience serving high-tech industries with precision CNC machining and advanced manufacturing processes,” contributed Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of VELO3D. “Their 20 years working with metal AM technologies have led them to appreciate the significant technological and customer benefits that our Sapphire system represents, so they are an excellent partner for us to support the Italian and greater-European markets.”

VELO3D‘s support-less metal AM system can make the difference in Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Motorsport, just to cite a few. The advantages of eliminating support structures from the metal AM workflow are numerous, extensive and, above all, are unique to individual companies, driven by their business conditions, goals and desires.

Shrouded impellers, heat exchangers, and manifolds are the most cited examples that would be chief beneficiaries of a support-less process with metal AM. Impellers can’t be economically printed without major modifications to the design to facilitate support structure removal. VELO3D’s technology eliminates the need for support structures, thus creating a compelling business case for parts that were previously impossible to print. CRP Meccanica and VELO3D are shaped around continuous innovation and creation of advanced technological solutions.

Never failing its avant-garde entrepreneurial origin, CRP Meccanica is planning a second phase in which the figure of the distributor will be revolutionized: “We are planning   – Cevolini added – to set up in our production area a ‘technopole’, a highly technological integrated system to offer to VELO3D customers a complete, high-quality turnkey service.”


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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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