3D printing service provider Knust-Godwin will set up VELO3D Sapphire metal additive manufacturing system. It will do this in 2020’s opening quarter. Knust-Godwin is based in Texas. It has been making pieces with subtractive techniques for years. Recently, the company started to include metal 3D printing technology into the services it offers.
The firm previously used additive manufacturing technology to approve designs. Knust-Godwin combined four Renishaw RenAM 500Q programs to make tooling pieces. They are for the gas and oil industry. The company has now acquired a Sapphire device.
This will be the 8th metal 3D printing system running in its Katy, Texas facility. Once it is all set up and in operations, it will be stationed. They aim will be for it to make end-use pieces for a client in the oil service sector.
The flagship product of VELO3D can make pieces in Titanium 6AI-4V and Inconel 718. It gets support from Assure quality management software and Flow pre-print software VELO3D. The product also possesses a build quantity of 315 x 400 mm. The print program also assures the support-free construction of pieces with low aspects. This enables users to handle more complicated designs. This one is a fundamental capability for Knust-Godwin.
VP of Technology for Knust-Godwin, Michael Corliss said that they see several parts that have been produced with conventional techniques. Such parts could benefit from the advantages of 3D printing.
“Our new Sapphire system provides the accuracy and low-print-angle capabilities that enabled recreation of those parts via AM without having to go through a complicated redesign process,” says Michael Corliss, VP of Technology for Knust-Godwin.
He also said that they can eventually print pieces as-is. Corliss said this will help them to offer valuable cost-savings to their clients. It will also assist them to offer an enhanced turnaround period for delivery.
“The oil and gas industry is one of the largest emerging market segments to adopt metal AM and I’m thrilled to partner with oil field leaders like Knust-Godwin for direct part production,” VELO 3D founder and CEO, Benny Buller added.
“Their extensive background of over fifty years in precision machining, combined with their additive production experience, means that they understand what it takes to close the gap between prototyping and serial manufacturing.” He added.
Knust-Godwin joins the gas and oil sector with bulk knowledge and skills. The firm has lately been given AS9100 certification and is expected to extend into the aerospace sector. Knust-Godwin firm thinks this newest expansion to its 3D printing capacity will be of big help. This is as they start to penetrate fresh vertical markets.