Primus Aerospace Adopts Velo3D System for Aerospace, Defense Work
Company says it is first ever, advanced metal 3D-printing system of its kind dedicated to flight-critical applications.
Edited by AM Staff
Engineers examine a titanium fuel tank printed on a Velo3D AM system with no internal supports. Similar tanks/pressure vessels are designed for use in aerospace and defense applications.
Primus Aerospace — a contract manufacturing partner for aerospace, defense and space original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) — has joined the Velo3D partner network with the purchase of a Ti6Al4V Sapphire metal additive manufacturing (AM) system.
This is the first titanium-dedicated metal 3D printer from Velo3D that will be used solely for aerospace and defense applications, the company says. Primus has identified Velo3D’s AM system as a solution for many applications it currently produces, including cube satellites, hypersonics and turbine engines.
The Colorado-based company is a top-tier supplier for leading defense prime contractors and the majority of aerospace OEMs, including Lockheed, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and Raytheon. “Our customers require maximum performance of their aerospace-related systems and, together with Velo3D, we can redefine what is possible in manufacturing through advanced AM technology,” says Gary Vaillancourt, vice president of engineering and technical sales at Primus Aerospace.
The partnership with Velo3D will enable Primus Aerospace to deliver unique design freedom and high-quality AM services to its customers. Using the Velo3D manufacturing solution, Primus is looking to unlock powerful design and manufacturing capabilities that will enable the realization of previously unattainable geometries and optimized solutions as well as the exploration of novel aerospace applications.
“Primus Aerospace is an excellent partner for us with its customer focus, commitment to innovation and adoption of leading edge technology,” says Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D. “The synergies between our two companies will support developers of new products to optimize their designs without compromise or restraint.”
Primus Aerospace expects to take delivery of the titanium Sapphire System in early 2021 and begin offering titanium printing at its facility located in Golden, Colorado.
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