Honeywell Aerospace and VELO3D have entered into a partnership. Honeywell Aerospace is the top user of 3D printing technologies with extensive knowledge around different platforms and processes. They have declared a collaboration to qualify VELO3D’s Sapphire mechanism as a usable manufacturing stage for 3D print manufacture of aircraft parts.
The Sapphire platform was chosen for its exceptional abilities for creating highly complex geometries minus the need of support arrangements. This allows clients to gain from substantial cost, time, and quality enhancements.
The VELO3D Sapphire system expected to be in the Phoenix facility of Honeywell Aerospace. The requirement procedure is in progress and is centered on INCONEL. INCONEL is a nickel-dependent super metal that is well fitted for intense heats.
VELO3D will offer their knowledge in generating fit parameter sets for Honeywell Aerospace. This is so as to finish material qualification using the Sapphire arrangement to attain maximum material attributes. The qualification procedure is expected to be finished by this year’s third quarter.
The senior director of technology and advanced operations for Honeywell Aerospace, Dr. Söeren Wiener said this: “We are qualifying VELO3D’s Sapphire system with the aim of printing geometries that can’t be fabricated on existing 3D metal printers. Their technology will help Honeywell develop new production-part applications while also meeting our material requirements for qualification.”
He also said that they plan to qualify this tool via repeatability testing in their production environment. This includes creating and post-processing so as to produce an acceptable material attribute data and criterion of flight hardware.
The founder and CEO of VELO3D, Benny Buller said this: “The geometric enablement we are able to offer customers like Honeywell Aerospace allows them to print what used to be ‘impossible parts’ and, yet, do it with a strong business case of improved cost and better quality. We are excited to partner with Honeywell to demonstrate that 3D metal printing is a viable production manufacturing method for a wider range of end-use applications.”