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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions purchases Velo3D Sapphire printer

For high-speed, low-cost production of metal parts

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Kratos SRE, Inc., a subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS), has acquired a Sapphire printer from Velo3D to support Kratos’s technology development and ability to rapidly, reliably, and affordability address defense industry customers’ evolving requirements.

Kratos SRE will operate the Velo3D metal additive manufacturing solution in its expanding rapid prototyping and manufacturing center, where it will be used to accelerate the vertical integration of critical supply chains in certain areas of the broader Kratos organization.

“It’s important to our team to leverage new, advanced manufacturing technologies so we can maintain our leadership in the defense industry and better serve our customers,” said Michael Johns, Kratos SRE Senior Vice President. “With Velo3D’s solution, we expect to be able to further unlock high-speed manufacturing capabilities that reduce lead times and lower costs of the parts we develop. In addition, it will allow us to rapidly innovate and accelerate design cycles for parts used in existing platforms.”

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions purchases Velo3D Sapphire printer for high-speed, low-cost production of metal parts

Kratos SRE has been a long-time user of Velo3D’s metal additive manufacturing solution, leveraging the technology through the Velo3D Contract Manufacturer Network. Last December, Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT), a Kratos subsidiary, was chosen as the engine design team for the Boom-led collaboration on Symphony, a new propulsion system to be designed and optimized for Boom Supersonic’s Overture supersonic airliner. Boom is also a long time user of Velo3D technologies via internal systems.

Kratos SRE focuses on designing and building parts, systems, and structures for extreme environments. It also oversees the Characterization of Additive Manufactured Metals (CAMM) program, which analyzes additive materials to understand process variation in specimens and tests designs ahead of high-volume production. Data gathered through CAMM is aggregated into a materials database of key process variations, which is used to better understand the properties of additively manufactured parts and identify new use cases for the technology.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions purchases Velo3D Sapphire printer for high-speed, low-cost production of metal parts

“Forward-thinking defense companies like Kratos are increasingly adopting additive manufacturing technology because it can enable continuous design improvements and unlock highly scalable production to meet fluctuating demands,” said Brad Kreger, Velo3D CEO and EVP of Operations. “The beauty of our solution is that companies can begin by leveraging the Velo3D Contract Manufacturer Network and then purchase their own printer as their demand for parts increases. Once their needs exceed the throughput capability of a single machine, it’s simple to scale production to other printers, including our large-format Sapphire XC.”

As a U.S.-based additive-manufacturing technology provider, Velo3D’s fully integrated solution is widely used by American defense companies that provide parts to branches of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). All Velo3D printers are designed and built in America and recently achieved the highest level of security compliance the DoD offers—Green-level Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) compliance. The certification enables Velo3D printers to connect to the DoD’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), making it easier for organizations and companies to acquire the printers for use in DoD-related projects.

Velo3D and Kratos SRE are attending the Military Additive Manufacturing Summit & Technology Showcase in Tampa, Florida on January 16-17, 2024. Velo3D is giving a presentation on “Solving DIB Supply Chain Logistics with Distributed Additive Manufacturing” on the first day of the conference at 3:05 p.m. ET. on the main stage.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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