3D printing static mixers thanks to Support Free technology Velo3D

The oil and gas industry and the petrochemical industry are step by step embracing additive manufacturing. The fact that it has taken so long despite the fact that a part such as a static mixer is ideally suited for AM, is due to the limitations of the technology so far, according to Velo3D; the need for support structures. What if they disappear?


The technology of the American newcomer when it comes to metal printing reduces the need to print support structures. The Sapphire 3D metal printers can print many complex shapes such as those in a mixer without the need to print a support.

Velo3D already has 18 orders for new Sapphire XC and is ramping up operations in Europe

New generation mixers

This Support Free Structor technology opens up new possibilities for applications such as mixers. If no support is needed, this saves costs and time in the printing process as well as removes a major stumbling block, the removal of internal support. As a result, Velo3D is able to produce a new generation of static mixers without long lead times for the various parts that then have to be combined. In addition, they work more efficiently due to the unique geometry of the mixer’s interior. The first new generation of mixers is already being worked on together with customers, for example for oil and gas and petrochemicals.

Super alloy for Sapphire AM systems

Velo3D recently validated the super alloy Amperprint 0233 Haynes 282 for use with the Sapphire metal printers. This material, produced by Höganäs under license from Haynes International, lends itself to the production of structural applications that are used under high thermal loads. This includes the energy sector, gas turbines, but also aerospace and heat exchangers.

Stronger focus on Europe

The American manufacturer of AM systems delivered the first Sapphire XC system at the end of last year. This is the new generation of AM systems, with a larger build volume, and four times higher productivity. Meanwhile, Velo3D CEO Benny Buller announced this week, the manufacturer has already received 18 orders for this machine. This means that the expected order intake is on schedule. This year, Velo3D will be working on the European market more intensively, after it sold the first systems in Europe last year to, among others, Schoeller Beckmann in Austria, a supplier to the oil and gas industry. A European head office is being set up in southern Germany, where assembly will also take place in the future. “We are expanding our European operations through our recently established sales and technical service in the EU, in addition to opening our new technology center in Germany,” said Benny Buller.

Velo3D is organizing a webinar on March 22. European customer Schoeller Bleckmann Oilfield Technology is participating in this. The Austrian subcontractor is the first in Europe to offer the Support Free Structor, not only for customers in the oil and gas industry, but also in aerospace and energy. Other speakers include Jon Porter, European Business Development Director at Velo3D; Xavier Fruh, Sales Director in France. Both the Head of Engineering (Matthias Jud) and Business Development Manager Daniel Wutzlhofer speak from Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology. The webinar starts March 22 at 2 p.m. You can register here.

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