Precision-tool and component manufacturer Knust-Godwin has announced the purchase of their first VELO3D Sapphire metal additive manufacturing (AM) system.
Known for its capabilities to consistently produce high-quality parts with low-angle geometries without support structures, the VELO3D solution consists of Flow™ advanced pre-print software, Sapphire printer, and Assure™ quality management software. The VELO3D solution will join Knust-Godwin's existing fleet of seven metal AM machines in Katy, Texas. Knust-Godwin will take delivery of the Sapphire printer in first quarter of 2020 and has already secured customer orders to print end-use parts for the oil service industry. For more information see the IDTechEx report on 3D Printing Materials 2019-2029: Technology and Market Analysis.
Michael Corliss, VP of Technology for Knust-Godwin states, "We see so many parts that have been manufactured with traditional methods that could take advantage of the benefits from AM. Our new Sapphire system provides the accuracy and low-print-angle capabilities that enable recreation of those parts via AM without having to go through a complicated redesign process. We can finally print parts as-is, offering valuable cost-savings to our customers and improved turnaround time for delivery."
"The oil and gas industry is one of the largest emerging market segments to adopt metal AM, and I'm thrilled to partner with oilfield leaders like Knust-Godwin for direct-part production," states Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of VELO3D. "Their extensive background of over fifty years in precision machining, combined with their additive production experience, means that they understand what it takes to close the gap between prototyping and serial manufacturing."
Knust-Godwin has recently achieved AS9100 certification and is now expanding its capabilities to address the needs of the aerospace industry. Oil and gas and aerospace share requirements for intense thermal management of extreme temperatures, complex geometries, and expectations of cost-control and rapid delivery of parts. Knust-Godwin is adding SupportFree capabilities to expand their total addressable market and enable them to be more competitive across a wider range of industrial applications.
Knust-Godwin has been providing high-quality, precision production machining services for over a combined 100 years to companies throughout the world. It specializes in CNC turning and CNC milling with significant experience in the oil and gas, geophysical/seismic, semiconductor, and medical industries. Knust-Godwin is more than just a machine shop; it is part of the manufacturing solution. From a concept, to engineering, to prototype, to production runs, it provides a place to go for all machining needs. Its commitment to quality produces high-precision part components as well as complicated turn-key assemblies. www.kgsbo.com
VELO3D empowers companies to manufacture anything. Bringing together an integrated solution of software, hardware, and process-control innovation, Velo3D introduced the first SupportFree capability for 3D metal printing. This enables unlimited design innovation by reducing the need for support structures in metal additive manufacturing. The company's Sapphire® system is built with a semiconductor mindset on quality assurance, ensuring repeatability and dependability throughout serial manufacturing. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Velo3D helps companies deliver immediate business impact by making the impossible, possible. To learn more, please visit www.VELO3D.com
Source: Parker Group