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SBOT acquires Velo3D Sapphire XC system

The new printer will enable the Austrian oil & gas provider to 3D print large metal parts up to 600 mm in diameter by 550 mm in height and unlock low-cost, volume production

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Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology, or SBOT for short, a leading provider of high-precision components for the oil and gas industry, has purchased a Sapphire XC large-format printer from Velo3D to expand its additive manufacturing capabilities.

The new Sapphire XC printer is calibrated to print metal parts in Inconel 718 and will support the growing demand for 3D printed parts from SBOT customers. The company’s latest printer enhances production capabilities, delivering high-volume parts at a reduced cost. Furthermore, it supports the printing of large-scale components up to 600 mm in diameter and 550 mm in height.

SBOT has extensive expertise in manufacturing high-quality components for the oil and gas industry, including more than a decade of experience offering its customers additive manufacturing capabilities. In addition to its operations in Europe, the company’s subsidiary, Knust-Godwin, operates a fleet of printers from Velo3D in its Katy, Texas, facility. After seeing the print capabilities and adoption of Velo3D’s technology in the U.S., SBOT became the first Velo3D contract manufacturer in Europe in November 2021 with the purchase of a Sapphire printer calibrated to print in Inconel 718. By adding a Sapphire XC printer, SBOT can easily scale the production of parts previously printed and qualified on the Sapphire printer.

“Additive manufacturing continues to see growing adoption and through Velo3D’s Sapphire XC 3D printer, our team can scale up the production of parts for customers with the Sapphire XC’s 400% throughput increase over the original Sapphire,” said Campbell MacPherson, SBO EVP of Advanced Manufacturing. “It will also increase the addressable use-cases for metal additive manufacturing by unlocking the capability of producing larger parts, allowing us to maintain our position as a leader in the industry.”

SBOT acquires Velo3D Sapphire XC system to 3D print large metal parts and unlock low-cost, volume production
VELO3D’s Sapphire XC printer.

The Sapphire XC 3D printer offers SBOT unparalleled geometric design freedom, enabling the production of highly complex, mission-critical parts with uncompromising precision and efficiency with one of the largest print volumes available today. The contract manufacturer also offers conventional manufacturing capabilities like CNC milling and turning, heat treatment, material testing, and polishing. This allows SBOT to deliver finished, ready-to-use parts to its customers.

“We are thrilled to partner with SBOT and expand our presence in Europe with our first Sapphire XC installation at a contract manufacturer,” said Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of Velo3D. “SBOT’s commitment to delivering high-quality components aligns perfectly with our mission to enable manufacturers to unlock the full potential of their products through additive manufacturing. We are confident the Sapphire XC’s advanced capabilities will empower SBOT to achieve new heights of innovation and excellence in their manufacturing processes.”

Velo3D’s expanding presence in Europe marks an exciting development for the additive manufacturing industry. The partnership with SBOT serves as a testament to Velo3D’s impact on the manufacturing industry in Europe and further strengthens its position as a global leader in advanced metal 3D printing.

With a deep-rooted background in the oil and gas industry, Velo3D is well-versed in the unique challenges faced by this sector. The company’s expertise in additive manufacturing technology enables the production of complex geometries, improving the efficiency and reliability of critical components in the oil and gas field. By embracing Velo3D’s innovative solutions, SBOT can elevate its manufacturing processes, resulting in enhanced performance, reduced lead times, and increased operational agility.

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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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