California-based metal AM company Velo3D has announced a partnership with Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc. (PST), a producer of premium specialty alloy-based powders for the aerospace and other industrial markets. Through the agreement, Velo3D will establish process parameters for new alloys with Praxair’s TruForm powders and will qualify the company as a supplier of metal powder for its AM solutions.
At this stage, Velo3D has already qualified two of PST’s TruForm powders, its nickel-based TruForm 718 and titanium-based TruForm 64, for Sapphire, Velo3D’s support-free metal PBF 3D printer.
“PST is constantly looking for ways to help expand the number of applications that are addressable by metal additive manufacturing, and Velo3D is a great company to partner with in this effort,” comented Andy Shives, business manager for AM at PST. “Velo3D’s technology enables the building of difficult geometries, which opens up new opportunities for additive manufacturing across a broad range of applications.
“We have a focus on advancing powder and atomization technology, and this goes hand-in-hand with Velo3D’s focus on advancing the laser powder bed process. Both companies are supporting efforts around process and quality control, which are critical for faster adoption of metal AM, and we look forward to pushing the envelope together.”
Velo3D released its Sapphire 3D printer in August 2018, achieving the first support-free powder bed fusion system. The company, which raised over $92 million in funding, announced its first end-to-end metal AM solution this past summer after a long and much anticipated four year development period.
By partnering with PST for the qualification of its powders, Velo3D is aiming to ensure that its clients can purchase powders that work well with the Sapphire system directly from the supplier.
“Velo3D was founded to enable customers to manufacture any design they can conceive,” added Stefan Zschiegner, chief product and chief marketing officer at Velo3D. “Praxair is a trusted alloy solution provider and the right kind of partner for Velo3D’s rigorous standards for metal powder quality. Together, we drive adoption of additive for manufacturing.”
In September, 3D printing service Incodema3D added Velo3D’s Sapphire metal AM system and its Flow software to its service offering.