Metal additive manufacturing to build the world's fastest plane



Aerospace company Hypersonics will 3D print parts for its Mach 5 Chimera engine and Quarterhorse aircraft, using newly acquired Velo3D Sapphire printers


Velo3D, a metal additive manufacturing company for mission critical parts, has announced that Hermeus, a company that develops hypersonic aircraft for commercial and defense applications, has purchased an original Sapphire and a large format Sapphire XC that is designed for a high volume production. The printers, both calibrated for Inconel 718, will be used to make parts for Hermeus' Chimera engine and Quarterhorse aircraft. “Metal additive manufacturing is a core component of our plan to vertically integrate production,” says Glenn Case, CTO of Hermeus. "As we explore the capabilities of Velo3D's additive manufacturing technology, we will look for ways to increase performance, consolidate components, reduce the weight of our aircraft and minimize external dependencies."



Hermeus was founded in 2018 to radically accelerate air travel with hypersonic aircraft. The Chimera engine is a turbine-based combined cycle engine that will power Hermeus' first aircraft, the Quarterhorse, an autonomous aircraft designed to achieve high speeds and test reusability. Quarterhorse's first flight is planned for 2023.


“Hypersonics is an extremely challenging subset of the aviation industry and, at the speeds Hermeus will achieve, temperature, vibration and aerodynamics all play important factors in aircraft flight,” said Benny Buller, CEO and founder of Hypersonics. Veil3D. “There aren't many teams with the depth of hypersonic, aviation and spaceflight experience that Hermeus has, and we are truly honored to provide Sapphire printers to help them achieve their goals. I have no doubt that they will bring their vision to life and make hypersonic commercial flight a reality.”


Velo3D's metal additive manufacturing technology has seen wide adoption in the hypersonic and NewSpace industries due to its ability to build the complex, mission-critical parts engineers need without compromising design, quality or performance. Customers can print existing designs without the need to design parts for additive manufacturing or obtain specialized training. The company's solution also helps teams iterate designs faster and greatly simplifies supply chains.


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