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Atomic Industries buys Velo3D Metal 3D Printing Solution

In a remarkable development in the world of 3D printing, Atomic Industries, a pioneer in AI-driven manufacturing, has acquired a state-of-the-art, fully integrated metal 3D printing solution from Velo3D, Inc. This strategic investment underscores Atomic Industries’ commitment to advancing precision engineering and revolutionizing manufacturing standards through high-quality tooling parts.

The newly acquired solution includes a Sapphire printer specifically calibrated to produce parts from M300 tool steel. This ultra-low carbon alloy steel is characterized by high strength and hardness resulting from intermetallic compounds rather than carbon content.

“Our new Sapphire printer will be instrumental in helping Atomic Industries tackle the tooling market by qualifying M300 tooling steel with our customers and showing the full capabilities of 3D printed tooling,” said Aaron Slodov, Atomic Industries CEO and Cofounder. “We’re excited to go hands-on and prove the robustness of the Sapphire platform with conformal-cooling inserts and other challenging features that will empower our customers. This strategic investment aligns perfectly with our commitment to innovation and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in manufacturing.”

Atomic Industries, at the forefront of advanced manufacturing, is using the latest technologies such as AI and metal 3D printing to transform industries through more affordable and repeatable tooling. This transformation makes it easier for their customers to move from prototype to production level.

The Sapphire printer will operate in a newly renovated facility in Detroit to produce tooling for aerospace, automotive and energy customers. Atomic Industries is the first company to qualify M300 tool steel for injection molds using the Sapphire printer.

M300 tool steel, known for its remarkable combination of strength, toughness and wear resistance, has long been a staple in die casting applications and tooling. Velo3D now enables customers to print with this alloy to produce higher performing tool inserts that minimize downtime on production lines by extending the life of tool inserts.

“Atomic Industries’ ground-up approach to advanced manufacturing allows them to implement revolutionary technologies without the baggage of legacy solutions, and we’re thrilled to partner with them on their journey to redefine manufacturing possibilities,” said Benny Buller, Velo3D Founder and CEO. “It’s not often that we get to work with a customer who is essentially starting from a blank slate, and we feel confident that with their new Sapphire metal 3D printer, and its accompanying software, they will be able to exceed the demands of their customers and create a new framework for contract manufacturing.”

Since its introduction in 2018, Velo3D’s Sapphire metal 3D printer has fundamentally changed the landscape of metal additive manufacturing. It has enabled printing capabilities that were impossible to achieve with traditional metal 3D printers, such as minimizing or even eliminating the need for support structures. Velo3D has achieved this by combining hardware, software and manufacturing processes into a fully integrated solution that achieves repeatable, consistent results across every Sapphire printer calibrated for the same metal alloy.

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