Taiyo Nippon Sanso has concluded a business alliance with US 3D printer manufacturer Velo3D, The Gas Review reports.

Accordingly, the company acquired sales rights of Velo3D’s 3D printer for small components modelling.

Thanks to this, Taiyo Nippon Sanso will be able to provide 3D printers for a wider range of sizes of componenys with Optomec’s products which they acquired in 2017. Metal additive manufacturing uses nitrogen and argon mixed gas as shield gas.

Velo3D is the venture company which was established in 2014. It developed 3D printer Sapphire using powder bed fusion (PBF) system and have begun to sell Sapphire since last year, already having achieved a sales record of more than 15 units in the US, mainly in the aerospace industry.

Optomec’s 3D printer is not using PBF system but direct energy deposition (DED) system. PBF system is slower additive manufacturing than DED system due to more process needed. But PBF is suitable for compliacated additive manufacturing of integral structure of products.

Amount of gas consumed is 100 litres per minute for purge as start up and 10 litres for gas shield during additive manufacturing (20 litres per minute for DED system).

Along with these moves, Taiyo Nippon Sanso will post a specialist 3D printing technician at Yamanashi Laboratory, in which they will install Velo3D’s Sapphire and to launch technical support and demonstration services.