VELO3D has introduced Sapphire XC, a large-format 3D printer that could increase production throughput by 5X and reduce cost-per-part by up to 75% when compared to the existing Sapphire system.

Sapphire XC has a build volume of 600 mm x 550 mm compared to 315 mm x 400 mm in the existing Sapphire system, and eight lasers x 1,000W each, compared to 2 lasers x 1,000W.

The company also announced plans to roll out Sapphire Gen 2, a software and hardware upgrade to the current system. According to VELO3D, the upgrade could lead to an improvement of anywhere between 10-50% in productivity and part cost metrics when compared to the current Sapphire system. The Sapphire Gen 2 upgrade will be available to retrofit on all installed systems starting in Q2 2021.

‘Printing larger parts without the additive manufacturing constraints of support structures is highly attractive to many industrial end users,’ said Benny Buller, founder, and CEO of VELO3D. ‘For the first time, customers will be able to 3D-print uncompromised geometries, with the highest confidence in part quality, in a large format system. Quality assurance with large scale components is critical because the economic impact of failed builds is very significant. We have demonstrated that our integrated solution is capable of producing a greater yield of high-quality parts, and that foundational technology will transfer to our new Sapphire XC.’

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