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Velo3D, Honeywell Aerospace Partner to Qualify Printer for Aircraft Components

Thursday, February 13, 2020
 

Velo3D Inc. and Honeywell Aerospace have announced a partnership to qualify Velo3D’s Sapphire system as a viable manufacturing platform for 3D print production of aircraft components. The Sapphire system was selected for its unique capabilities in building complex geometries without requiring of support structures, according to Honeywell Aerospace officials.

Honeywell Aerospace’s Phoenix, AZ, facility will house the Sapphire, with the qualification process now underway and focused on Inconel as the build material. Velo3D will provide its expertise in developing suitable parameter sets for Honeywell Aerospace to complete material qualification utilizing the Sapphire to achieve optimal material properties. The qualification process is anticipated to be complete by the second half of 2020.

“(Velo3D’s Sapphire) technology will help Honeywell develop new production-part applications while also meeting our material requirements for qualification,” says Dr. Söeren Wiener, senior director of technology and advanced operations for Honeywell Aerospace. “We intend to qualify this equipment through repeatability testing in our production environment, including build and post-processing, to generate an acceptable set of material property data and qualification of flight hardware.”

Adds Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D: “We are excited to partner with Honeywell to demonstrate that 3D metal printing is a viable production manufacturing method for a wider range of end-use applications.”

 

See also: Velo3D Inc.


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