CAMPBELL, CA, Dec 11, 2019 – Velo3D, an innovator in metal additive manufacturing (AM), announced today that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp. (TNSC), a global provider of welding solutions and industrial gases. TNSC will represent Velo3D in Japan through sales and service of Velo3D’s integrated solution of hardware and software—the Sapphire machine, Flow pre-print preparation software and Assure quality control and assurance software.
As part of the distribution agreement, TNSC will purchase the complete Velo3D printing solution and be a strategic partner of Velo3D. This will be the first Velo3D system in Japan, and second Velo3D system in Asia Pacific.
“This partnership is a key part of our total solution strategy in the additive manufacturing market by partnering with market leading Laser Powder Bed Fusion Technology suppliers,” says Kunihiro Kobayashi, corporate officer TNSC. “Velo3D’s Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) solution is the most differentiated in the market with its SupportFree capabilities providing the capacity to print even the most complex geometries with quality and consistency. We are excited to bring the Sapphire machine to Japanese customers.”
“Our mission is to enable OEMs in our key market verticals to gain trust in 3D metal printing as a dependable manufacturing technology,” says Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D. “Our end-to-end solution enables users to adopt additive manufacturing without extensive redesign, increasing the viability of 3D metal printing of existing parts. We believe TNSC is the best representative of this message in Japan, based on their unique expertise in welding processes, heat treatment and gas optimization.”
Velo3D launched their advanced Sapphire 3D metal printer in September 2018; in their first year of commercialization they have gained traction within aerospace and oil & gas industries with machine sales, expanded into Asia Pacific with two new customers and reported sales north of $24 million.
VELO3D empowers companies to manufacture anything. By bringing together innovations in software, hardware, and process control, VELO3D created the industry’s first SupportFree solution for 3D metal printing, enabling 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, VELO3D helps companies deliver immediate business impact by making the impossible, possible. To learn more, please visit www.velo3D.com.
Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp., founded in 1910 and based in Tokyo, Japan, is a global supplier of industrial gases. TNSC is a “single source” for industrial, welding and safety supplies, medical, specialty and electronic gases, gas handling equipment, high performance purification systems, engineering and gas management services, as well as on-site gas generation. Its mission is to deliver innovative solutions that meet global customer requirements. TNSC is one of the five largest suppliers of industrial, specialty and electronics gases in the world.