Wagner Machine Co. Creates Challenging Assembly Replacement with Velo3D Printer

Real-time monitoring of entire 3D printing process ensures mission-ready quality of high-value parts for aerospace and defense customers


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Velo3D, a provider of additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for high-value metal parts, has delivered its aluminum F357 metal AM solution to Wagner Machine Co., a second-generation, precision machine shop with a reputation for building the impossible.

“When everyone else says it can’t be done, people come to us,” says Kurt Wagner, CEO, Wagner Machine Co. “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 their original plan, but other 3D printing companies they consulted said 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 and it met all the customer’s performance requirements.”

Wagner Machine is ISO9001:2015 and AS9100D certified as well as ITAR-registered. It is a one-stop shop for advanced manufacturing with capabilities including 3- and 5-axis CNC mill, CNC lathe, CNC swiss, wire EDM, abrasive waterjet, and a variety of precision grinding and other support processes. Adding Velo3D metal AM aligns with Wagner’s vision to be a knowledgeable, capable and innovative source for high-precision manufacturing, the company says.

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

Aluminum F357 is a foundry-grade, high-performance alloy that is certified for mission-critical applications. Vel3D’s ability to accurately and repeatably print optimized parts from F357 frees designers and engineers across a range of demanding industries to achieve part consolidation and performance requirements that previously they could only imagine.