Velo3D Provides Unique Aluminum AM Part for Wagner Machine Customer

May 19, 2021

Velo3D Inc. has announced delivery of a 3D-printed aluminum F357 metal-additive manufacturing (AM) part to Wagner Machine Co. in response to a customer request for a brazed assembly that could not be readily produced using traditional methods due to thin walls and assembly pressure requirements. Produced in a Velo3D Sapphire AM machine as one part, it met all of the customer’s performance requirements, according to Kurt Wagner, CEO of Wagner Machine, a precision machine shop located in Champaign, IL.

“When everyone else says it can’t be done, people come to us,” says Wagner. “We recently had a customer ask us to make a brazed assembly that was impossible due to space constraints and other requirements. We suggested 3D printing, which was its original plan, but other 3D printing companies this customer consulted said that the part would be impossible to print due to thin walls and pressure requirements. VELO3D was able to print the assembly as a single piece on a Sapphire.”

Wagner Machine offers various milling and machining capabilities as well as waterjet cutting, precision grinding and other support processes. Adding Velo3D metal AM, according to Wagner, aligns with the company vision to be the most knowledgeable, capable and innovative source for high-precision manufacturing.

“Velo3D ’s real-time monitoring of the 3D printing process from start to finish with its integrated Assure quality-assurance software is exactly what metal AM needs to be ready for prime time,” Wagner says. (Velo3D’s advanced metal-AM capabilities) expands our ability to serve more aerospace and defense customers who need complex, high-value, mission-critical parts.”

 

See also: Velo3D

Technologies: Powder-Bed Systems

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