Velo3D sells its Sapphire XC large-format metal 3D printing system to Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology.

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Title: Revolutionizing Manufacturing: Velo3D’s Sapphire XC Makes its Mark in Europe

Date: 8 August 2023

Author: Sam Davies

It’s an exciting time for metal 3D printing as Velo3D’s Sapphire XC continues to make waves in the industry. Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology (SBOT), a leading provider of high-precision components for the oil and gas sector, has recently acquired the Sapphire XC large-format metal 3D printing system from Velo3D. This marks a significant milestone, as SBOT becomes the first European contract manufacturer to invest in this groundbreaking technology since its launch in October 2020.

SBOT has been no stranger to Velo3D’s capabilities, having previously utilized the flagship Sapphire system since November 2021. Additionally, its subsidiary, Knust-Godwin, operates a fleet of Velo3D printers, including the Sapphire XC, from its facility in Katy, Texas. This partnership has consistently delivered high-quality components to the oil and gas industry, solidifying SBOT’s reputation as a leader in the field.

The Sapphire XC is specifically calibrated to print parts using Inconel 718, offering unparalleled precision and strength. With its impressive build volume, this cutting-edge machine enables the production of components up to 600 mm in diameter and 550 mm in height. Velo3D introduced the Sapphire XC three years ago to cater to the growing demand for additively manufactured larger parts, attracting companies like Hermeus, Knust-Godwin, and Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing.

In its pursuit of expanding its presence in Europe, Velo3D recently established a facility in Augsburg, Germany. As part of their strategic growth plans, they named SBOT as the first European user of the Sapphire system. This alliance signifies Velo3D’s commitment to supporting SBOT’s efforts in broadening their capabilities and entering new industries.

The decision by SBOT to further invest in Velo3D’s metal 3D printing technology demonstrates their confidence in its ability to drive market growth. Campbell MacPherson, SBO EVP of Advanced Manufacturing, expressed excitement over the expansion, stating, “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. 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.”

Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of Velo3D, is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. “We are thrilled to partner with SBOT and expand our presence in Europe with our first Sapphire XC installation at a contract manufacturer. 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.”

In conclusion, the acquisition of Velo3D’s Sapphire XC system by SBOT is a game-changer for the European market. This collaboration not only solidifies SBOT’s position as a leader in high-precision component manufacturing but also signifies Velo3D’s expanding footprint on the continent. As metal 3D printing continues to revolutionize manufacturing, the Sapphire XC’s advanced capabilities pave the way for innovation and excellence in the industry.

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