The Houston-based contract manufacturer will use Sapphire printers to help customers build their most complex parts without compromising the designs

September 14, 2022

HOUSTON—Metal additive manufacturing technology company Velo3D, Inc., reported that Kevton Technologies has acquired seven Sapphire printers for production of high-quality, additively manufactured parts. The first two Sapphire printers are scheduled to begin producing parts for customers in the first quarter of 2023 in Kevton’s Houston facility, Velo3D said in a release.

Kevton Technologies is a subsidiary of Houston-based contract manufacturer Kevton Industries. Its purchase, reportedly one of the largest ever made from Velo3D by a contract manufacturer, is said to make Kevton one of the most well-equipped suppliers of additively manufactured parts made via Velo3D’s laser powder bed fusion technology.

“Our team is seeing a strong trend towards additive manufacturing—especially within the aerospace industry—and our partnership with Velo3D will help us maintain our leadership position as a provider of manufactured parts within all of our key industries,” said Kevton Technologies President Kevin Nguyen, in the release. “After meeting with many vendors of additive manufacturing technology, we understood how transformational Velo3D’s fully integrated solution could be for our service offering.”

Kevton Technologies’ new additive manufacturing division will work to continue the company’s legacy within its key industries, including aviation, defense, and oil and gas, as well as aerospace. Kevton provides its customers with manufacturing services that include CNC turning, CNC milling, coordinate measuring machine inspections, wire EDM, and finishing. The company is certified to ISO 9000 and AS9100.

“Additive manufacturing is seeing extensive growth right now, and we’ve only scratched the surface of the adoption we expect to see over the next decade,” said Benny Buller, Velo3D CEO, in the release. “Companies with the foresight to acquire additive manufacturing technology now will be much better positioned to grow their market share in the coming years. We’re thrilled to be working with Kevton Technologies to help them establish themselves as a provider of mission-critical, additively manufactured metal parts.”

Velo3D said it delivered its first Sapphire system in 2018. The company has been a strategic partner to numerous innovative companies, such as SpaceX, Honeywell, Honda, Chromalloy, and Lam Research. Its additive manufacturing technology has been adopted extensively in the aerospace industry, with customers like Launcher, SpaceX, Hermeus, Lockheed Martin, and Aerojet Rocketdyne using it to build some of their most complex designs, the company said.

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