Metal 3D printing
M300 tool steel qualified for use in Sapphire printers
Source: 3D Bike
Metal additive manufacturing technology company Velo 3D has announced that M300 tool steel, an ultra-low carbon alloy that offers very high strength and hardness, is qualified for use in Sapphire printers.
Velo 3D has seen strong interest in M300 tool steel from automotive manufacturers for use in high pressure die-cast inserts, injection molding and other types of tooling. “By qualifying M300 tool steel for use in our printers, we are able to serve entirely new industries, like automotive and tooling, that can take advantage of Velo 3D’s advanced ability to print high-quality, large-diameter internal channels for their applications,” said Greg Brown, Vice President of Velo 3D Technology. “By manufacturing die-cast inserts and other tooling components with our technology, we hope companies will be able to build stronger products, improve machining throughput and reduce manufacturing costs. .”
The company’s end-to-end solution is suited to take advantage of M300 tool steel due to its ability to print parts with high-quality surface finishes in complex, large-diameter internal cooling channels. These channels can extend tooling life; however, they can be difficult to create with conventional manufacturing methods. Additionally, while many metal 3D printers can print smaller diameter holes, printing large channels can create roughness and susceptibility to cracking.
The company’s Sapphire XC 1MZ also offers customers a large build volume – 600mm in diameter and 1000mm in height. According to Velo 3D, this is the largest build volume of comparable printers from major manufacturers, making it better suited to meet the demands of industries that require the largest M300 tool steel inserts, such as automotive .
The company expects system shipments to begin as early as the fourth quarter of 2022.