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ADDMAN purchases two additional Velo3D Sapphire XC printers

The new printers will be installed in ADDMAN’s Castheon facility, and are calibrated to print in GRCop-42 and Inconel 718 alloys

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ADDMAN, an additive-focused contract manufacturer and engineering firm, has purchased two Sapphire XC printers from Velo3D. The printers will be installed in ADDMAN’s Castheon facility – expanding the company’s existing fleet of Sapphire printers and helping it meet the demands of its customers in space, aviation, energy, and defense. The printers will also enable ADDMAN to expand its addressable use cases by lowering production costs of 3D printed parts and providing the capabilities to 3D print parts that are 500% larger in volume compared to the original Sapphire printer.

ADDMAN is an experienced contract manufacturer that specializes in AM. The company provides its customers with finished, ready-to-use parts in metal and polymers, and also offers services such as injection, CMM and laser scanning, and metallurgy and print-parameter development.

ADDMAN purchases two Sapphire XC printers from Velo3D. The new printers are calibrated to print in GRCop-42 and Inconel 718 alloys.
The ADDMAN network, as of 2022, across the US.

“Velo3D’s additive manufacturing technology allows our customers to produce their most complex, highest-performing designs in the highest-quality prints,” said Mark Saberton, CTO at ADDMAN Engineering. “With these new Sapphire XC printers, we’ll be able to provide our customers with scalable, high-volume production capabilities and larger prints. This will help us keep our competitive advantage and ensure our customers have access to the latest additive manufacturing technology.”

ADDMAN’s new Sapphire XC printers are calibrated to print in GRCop-42 and Inconel 718 alloys. GRCop-42 is a copper-based alloy that was developed by NASA for use in regeneratively cooled rocket engines and other applications that require rapid heat transfer. ADDMAN’s new GRCop-42 Sapphire XC printer is its first that prints with this alloy. The company currently operates original Sapphire printers that utilize Inconel 718, a high-strength nickel-based superalloy that provides oxidation and corrosion resistance at high temperatures. By adding a Sapphire XC for the same alloy, the contract manufacturer can easily help its customers scale up the production of parts without requalification or updated designs.

ADDMAN purchases two Sapphire XC printers from Velo3D. The new printers are calibrated to print in GRCop-42 and Inconel 718 alloys.
VELO3D’s Sapphire XC printer.

“ADDMAN is one of our top contract manufacturers for aerospace applications and its purchase of these two Sapphire XC printers will help it service its customers in new ways that empower their businesses,” said Dr. Zach Murphree, VP of Global Sales and Business Development at Velo3D. “The great thing about the Sapphire XC is it uses the same technology as the original Sapphire so customers can count on the same repeatable, predictable outcomes they’re used to. For the companies that have received our first Sapphire XCs, it has been transformational to their businesses and we expect to hear the same from ADDMAN and its OEM customers.”

The Sapphire XC is designed for volume production to help customers scale their businesses. The printer made its public debut at the beginning of 2021 and has quickly become just as successful as its predecessor, the original Sapphire printer. The Sapphire XC can reduce production costs for customers by up to 75% while also increasing throughput by up to 500% compared to the original Sapphire printer.

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