Valiant Products Unlocks Ultimate Design Freedom for Aerospace and Defense Customers
The Contract Manufacturer Will Operate its New Sapphire XC Printer at its Lakeland, Florida Facility to Produce Mission Critical Parts in Inconel 718 for its Customers.
Velo3D, Inc, has announced that Valiant Products, Inc., a contract manufacturer serving major industries from medical to outer space, has acquired a fully integrated metal 3D printing solution to expand its additive manufacturing capabilities for its aerospace customers. The purchase includes a Sapphire XC printer calibrated for Inconel 718, a nickel-based alloy that is extensively used to produce parts for aerospace and industrial applications. Valiant plans to upgrade its new Sapphire XC printer to a Sapphire XC 1MZ, which is capable of producing parts up to 1-meter-tall in height.
Valiant Products is an ITAR-registered contract manufacturer. The company works with many innovative companies in the key industries that leverage metal 3D printing, including space, aviation, energy, and tooling. Other manufacturing services provided by Valiant Products include heat treatment, precision machining, wire EDM, and sheet metal fabrication, which allow the company to manufacture parts and assemblies from start to finish.
“At Valiant Products, we continually evaluate new manufacturing technologies to ensure our customers have access to the best capabilities that can produce the most complex designs and geometries,” said Bob English, Founder and CEO of Valiant Products, Inc. “Solutions like Velo3D’s metal 3D printing technology unlock new manufacturing capabilities for us so we can better serve our customers. We are confident that our customers will fully leverage the technology to build lighter weight, more performant parts.”
Using Velo3D’s contract manufacturing network, companies can easily explore the print capabilities of the company’s additive manufacturing technology without purchasing a system. This also allows companies to strengthen their supply chains by allowing them to obtain the parts they need across a variety of providers. Because Velo3D offers a fully integrated solution that includes Flow print preparation software, Assure quality assurance software, and the underlying Intelligent Fusion manufacturing process, customers can produce parts across any printer using the same print file without extensive requalification.
Inconel 718 is a high-strength nickel-based alloy that also provides corrosion resistance at extreme temperatures and pressures. The alloy is widely used in the production of mission-critical components in the aerospace industry. By 3D printing parts in Inconel 718, many rocket propulsion companies have been able to significantly reduce the weight of their engines, while improving performance. In doing so, the final engines can increase their thrust-to-weight ratio, enabling the delivery of larger payloads to orbit than is possible with engines produced through conventional means.