Category Archives: 3D Printing

VELO3D Qualifies Hastelloy X for Sapphire 3D Metal Printer

CAMPBELL, CA, July 8, 2020 – Digital manufacturing innovator VELO3D announced the commercial release of a production process for additively manufactured parts in Hastelloy X. This is a nickel-based alloy, suitable for the laser powder-bed fusion (LPBF) process, that is exceptionally resistant to corrosion cracking and oxidation. Hastelloy X is most often used to manufacture parts for gas turbine engines for combustion-zone components due to its high temperature strength.

Unicore of a 20-kilowatt microturbine engine, being developed by Sierra Turbines, that was 3D printed on a VELO3D Sapphire metal AM system. The nickel-based alloy is exceptionally resistant to corrosion cracking and oxidation and is most often used to manufacture parts for combustion-zone gas turbine engines due to its high temperature strength. Image courtesy VELO3D

“Power generation applications such as industrial gas turbines are a key focus for VELO3D so it is important that we qualify the right materials to serve that market,” states Benny Buller, founder and CEO of VELO3D. “We will continue to add more of these types of compatible materials that enable customers to print parts they couldn’t before, yet with even better material properties than those produced by traditional manufacturing.”

Air mobility and power generation pioneer Sierra Turbines recently partnered with VELO3D to print a prototype for their 20-kilowatt microturbine engine with a unicore in Hastelloy X. They aim to print 95 percent of their engine through metal additive manufacturing, taking advantage of the design freedom possible through VELO3D’s SupportFree process.

“Sierra Turbines wants to lead aerial and power systems into a new way of manufacturing,” states founder and CEO Roger Smith. “That means pushing the limits of what is possible to create a more heat-resistant, lower maintenance, and higher-performing gas microturbine. VELO3D’s technology makes this the ideal manufacturing solution for turbines.”

VELO3D is well-known for enabling geometric freedom through its patented SupportFree process, which reduces the consideration of support structures for complex passageways, shallow overhangs and low angles. Coupled with their non-contact recoater, VELO3D’s printing process can create the intricate cooling passageways and fuel delivery channels needed to achieve high-output fluid transmission and electrical power.

The company recently announced that a 1-meter tall system will be available in Q4 2020. For the first time with laser powder-bed fusion, meter-tall parts can be printed without support structures, creating new part opportunities for industrial applications.

VELO3D’s Sapphire metal AM printer is now compatible with Titanium64, INCONEL alloy 718, Aluminum F357, and Hastelloy X. Please complete this form if you would like to inquire about printing a prototype.

About VELO3D

VELO3D empowers companies to manufacture anything. Bringing together an integrated solution of software, hardware, and process-control innovation, VELO3D introduced the first SupportFree capability for 3D metal printing. This enables unlimited design innovation by reducing the need for support structures in metal additive manufacturing. The company’s Sapphire system is built with a semiconductor mindset on quality assurance, ensuring repeatability and dependability throughout serial manufacturing.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA, VELO3D helps companies deliver immediate business impact by making the impossible, possible.

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Dyndrite Appoints Stephen Anderson as VP Business Dev

SEATTLE, WA, July 7, 2020 – Dyndrite, providers of the core 3D geometry kernel being used to create next generation additive hardware and software, announced the appointment of Stephen Anderson as vice president of business development. His appointment has also enabled the opening of a new Dyndrite office in the UK.

In his new role Mr. Anderson will be engaging with existing and prospective customers looking for a new paradigm in software for additive manufacturing. His over 20 years of experience driving both software and hardware requirements for the industry will enable his work with customers to take full advantage of the advanced hybrid geometry tools, GPU-based processing and Python scripting available within the Dyndrite 3D geometry kernel.

“At Dyndrite we aim to get the best-of-the-best in the industry and Stephen is one of those,” said Harshil Goel, CEO and founder, Dyndrite. “We’ve been excited about Stephen since our very first meeting at AMUG, over three years ago. There he challenged us to impress him – we’re happy to see we made the grade. Having someone of Stephen’s caliber on the team means Dyndrite can be confident of its planned growth trajectory across the industry, as well as better serve our European and UK customers.”

Stephen’s more than 20 years of additive manufacturing software and business development experience brings a new level of insight to the company. Most recently he was AM business development manager (USA) for Renishaw – a global leader in the manufacture of metal AM Laser Powder Bed Fusion systems and software. Prior to that he worked as Renishaw Group Software Director where he managed delivery of much of the group’s software portfolio across its industrial metrology and healthcare product lines.

“Dyndrite’s mission to bring additive software into the current decade, to dramatically improve the working lives of designers and engineers in the market and to significantly improve print quality, automation and throughput, is something the entire industry has long needed,” commented Stephen Anderson. “I am proud to be working alongside this visionary team of experts.”

Stephen Anderson obtained his doctorate from the University of Lancaster, UK in 1993 and worked at the University of Bristol, UK in research, prior to pursuing his career at Renishaw in 2000. 

About Dyndrite

Dyndrite provides the core 3D geometry kernel that delivers unprecedented performance, portability, scalability, and repeatability for additive manufacturing OEMs and ISVs building next generation solutions. Dyndrite’s mission is to enable production-grade additive manufacturing by helping partners incorporate GPU-native processing, Python scripting tools and seamless CAD-to-print applications. Dyndrite is partnered with additive industry leaders through its Developer Council to enable advanced solutions for their customers. Investors include Google’s AI-focused Investment Fund and former Autodesk CEO Carl Bass. The company, which was founded in 2015, is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

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