VELO3D and Honeywell Aerospace have announced a partnership to qualify VELO3D’s Sapphire 3D printer to make aircraft components. According to the company, the Sapphire printer can build complex geometries without the requirement of support structures.

Honeywell says that it has installed VELO3D’s system in its Arizona facility and has begun a qualification process focused on Inconel nickel-based super alloy, which is suitable for extreme temperatures. Qualification is anticipated to be complete by Q3 2020.

‘We are qualifying VELO3D’s Sapphire system with the aim of printing geometries that can’t be fabricated on existing 3D metal printers,’ said Dr Söeren Wiener, senior director at Honeywell Aerospace. ‘Their technology will help Honeywell develop new production-part applications while also meeting our material requirements for qualification. 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.’

This story uses material from VELO3D, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.