Velo3D Inc., a leader in the additive manufacturing of metal components, is intensifying its collaboration with Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology (SBOT), a producer of highly engineered metal components with over 100 years of history. This strategic alliance positions SBOT as Velo3D’s sole contract manufacturing partner in the German-speaking region and as the main partner for the European oil and gas market.
Under the terms of the agreement, SBOT will add another model to its existing arsenal of Velo3D Sapphire 3D printers. This will further increase production capacity for high-precision metal parts.
“Since purchasing our first Sapphire printer in 2021, we’ve been very impressed by Velo3D’s metal 3D printing solution and its ability to produce parts with few-to-no supports, even those with low and zero-degree overhangs,” said Campbell MacPherson, SBO EVP of Advanced Manufacturing. “It’s great to see Velo3D’s commit to our success with this agreement, which we believe will drive increased revenue for our additive manufacturing business. We look forward reaching new customers with our solutions from Velo3D and in turn reinvesting in our joint business together.”
Velo3D’s contract manufacturing network is based on a model that allows companies to source 3D printing services instead of purchasing and operating their own printers and associated software. This strategy makes it easier for companies to use Velo3D’s integrated solution without having to make significant investments.
SBOT will thus become the central hub for manufacturing in the DACH region and should help Velo3D to tap into the European oil and gas industry – a sector in which SBOT is already firmly established. Velo3D had already expanded its contract manufacturing network in 2021 with SBOT as its first European partner, inspired by the positive experiences of its sister company Knust-Godwin in Texas.
“There is a growing demand for advanced manufacturing technology in Europe that can help companies streamline their supply chains, develop more performant parts, and lower manufacturing costs and SBOT is a great partner for European companies in need of high-quality metal parts,” said Benny Buller, Velo3D Founder and CEO. “Both SBOT and Knust-Godwin have been excellent partners that have continually demonstrated their ability to produce precise parts using the most advanced manufacturing technology available, and we’re honored to partner with them on this next phase of our growth in Europe.”
SBOT’s Sapphire printers use Inconel 718, a nickel-based alloy that offers strength and corrosion resistance, especially at extreme temperatures. The new printer will produce parts from CP1, a lightweight aluminum alloy ideal for heat transfer applications.
This expansion of the partnership demonstrates the dynamism of the 3D printing sector and its increasing integration into traditional manufacturing processes. It shows how additive manufacturing technologies can be integrated into industrial workflows, helping to optimize supply chains and reduce manufacturing costs.