Pratt & Whitney Review Velo3D Solution for Jet Engine Components

Sapphire printer and its accompanying software will reside in the Raytheon Technologies Research Center in Connecticut.

Sapphire printer and its accompanying software will reside in the Raytheon Technologies Research Center in Connecticut.

Velo3D, Inc. reports that Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies business, has acquired a solution from Velo3D to evaluate the Sapphire printer for manufacturing production jet engine components. This is the first Sapphire printer to be located at Pratt & Whitney; it previously used Velo3D’s contract manufacturer network to produce printed and finished parts.

“Pratt & Whitney looks forward to future applications using the Sapphire XC printer, and collaborations with other potential suppliers with the Velo3D capability, for Pratt & Whitney GTF and advanced engine programs,” says Jesse Boyer, fellow, Additive Manufacturing, Pratt & Whitney.

The company’s new Sapphire XC printer is calibrated to print in Inconel 718, a nickel-based superalloy suited for extreme temperatures.

The Raytheon Technologies Research Center is the company’s central innovation hub where engineers, scientists and researchers explore and develop new, transformative technologies. The center provides the company’s businesses with innovations and solutions to critical customer problems in a wide range of research areas, including complex integrated systems, advanced materials and manufacturing, autonomy-enabling technologies, electrification and sustainability.

This is made possible by Velo3D’s solution, which includes Flow print preparation software, the Sapphire family of printers, Assure quality assurance software, and Intelligent Fusion underlying manufacturing processes. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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