Velo3D qualifies M300 tool steel for use in its Sapphire family of printers


CAMPBELL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Velo3D, Inc. (NYSE: VLD), a leader in metal additive manufacturing technology for critical parts, today announced that M300 Tool Steel, an ultra-low carbon alloy that offers very high strength and hardness, is qualified for use in Sapphire printers. Velo3D has already seen strong interest in the alloy from automotive manufacturers for use in high pressure die-cast inserts, injection molding and other types of tooling. The first M300 parts printed on a Sapphire printer will be showcased at IMTS 2022 in Chicago September 12-17 at booth #433031.

“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 Velo3D’s advanced ability to print channels high-quality, large-diameter internals for their applications,” said Greg Brown. , Vice President of Velo3D 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. .”

Velo3D’s end-to-end solution is well 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. 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.

Velo3D has seen strong demand for Sapphire printers using M300 tool steel in the Sapphire and Sapphire XC platforms. The company expects system deliveries to begin as early as Q4 2022. To learn more about M300 tool steel in Velo3D Sapphire printers, visit

About Velo3D:

Velo3D is a metal 3D printing technology company. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), has a unique ability to improve the way high-value metal parts are made. However, legacy metal AM has been significantly limited in its capabilities since its invention nearly 30 years ago. This prevented the technology from being used to create the most valuable and impactful pieces, limiting its use to specific niches where the limitations were acceptable.

Velo3D has overcome these limitations so engineers can design and print the parts they want. The company’s solution unlocks design freedom and enables customers in space exploration, aviation, power generation, energy and semiconductors to innovate the future in their respective industries. Thanks to Velo3D, these customers can now build critical metal parts that were previously impossible to manufacture. The end-to-end solution includes Flow print preparation software, the Sapphire family of printers and the Assure quality control system, all powered by Velo3D’s Intelligent Fusion manufacturing process. The company delivered its first Sapphire system in 2018 and has been a strategic partner for innovators including SpaceX, Honeywell, Honda, Chromalloy and Lam Research. Velo3D has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021. For more information, please visit, or follow the company on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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