Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist Velo3D has opened its European Technology Center in Augsburg, Germany, which will act as the hub for the company’s operations in the region.

The centre, which spans more than 110m2, contains a lab area featuring a Velo3D Sapphire printer, and will be used to showcase its end-to-end AM solutions in addition to acting as a location for hosting training sessions and conducting meetings with customers and partners. 

Having shipped its first Sapphire printer three years ago, the company has experienced ‘tremendous growth’ across all its key industries, according to Benny Buller, Founder/CEO, Velo3D. 

“Our new Technology Center in Augsburg will support our efforts in expanding our presence in Europe in a similar manner and will feature an AM solution capable of printing our customers’ most ambitious designs.” 

Source: Velo3D

AM offers a way to create a structure by adding layer upon layer, rather than the typical method of subtractive manufacturing, which carves away at existing material. 

In an exclusive interview with gasworld last year, Buller revealed that Velo3D technology is best used in the industrial gas sector when creating components for industrial pumps, compressors, and heat exchangers. 

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“An example would be the subsystems of a compressors, in some cases you can replace some assemblies that are made from tens of thousands, even in some cases more than 100 parts into a single part,” he said. 

This allows for around a ten times faster production rate, increasing the efficiency of the company’s manufacturing process as well as reducing its inventory of spare parts. 

Various industrial manufacturing giants have invested in Velo3D’s Sapphire AM technology, including Lockheed Martin, which installed a 3D printing system at its Additive Design & Manufacturing Center in April.