Velo3D announces Flow 3.0 to support additive manufacturing for larger parts

March 31, 2022
New version supports larger models with their corresponding geometries, plus enhanced scheduling to complement the company’s Sapphire XC printer.

CAMPBELL, Calif., - Velo3D Inc., a metal additive manufacturing technology company based in Campbell, Calif., announced the release of its Flow 3.0 print preparation software. The new version supports larger models of parts that are able to be manufactured on the company’s Sapphire XC printer, which can produce parts that are up to 400% larger than the Sapphire printer. Flow 3.0 also supports the scheduling of additional lasers to eight 1,000 W lasers and increase productivity by up to 5x compared to Velo3D’s Sapphire printer.

Velo3D’s Flow 3.0 print preparation software is unique in additive manufacturing as it enables engineers to upload a traditional CAD file of a part they want to print, rather than having to spend additional resources designing the part for additive manufacturing (DfAM). By eliminating the need for DfAM, Velo3D enables its customers to design the mission-critical parts they want and then print them with precision.

Flow 3.0 accomplishes this by utilizing a generalized set of recipes to precisely prescribe and simulate the layer-by-layer build for the desired part. The software’s composer detects geometric features and applies the corresponding process to achieve that desired outcome. Unlike other software offerings, Flow 3.0 uses information from previous layers to inform the print strategy for subsequent layers, resulting in better parts and greater design freedom.

“When we are building new features into Flow we aim to simplify the experience for engineers who want to create parts using our additive manufacturing technology,” said Victorien Menier, Velo3D Senior Software Engineer. “Our team is extremely proud of all that Flow 3.0 has achieved throughout the beta period. The revised scheduling rules make it so Sapphire XC can reach 98% efficiency with its eight lasers, which is a big contributor to its ability to achieve a 5x improvement in performance.”

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