Velo3D | June 17, 2022
The First Systems of the New 1-Meter Sapphire XC Will Be Delivered to Several Aerospace Companies in Late Q3.
Sapphire printers are fully compatible and deliver repeatable, consistent outcomes across any machine, as the printers include four distinct system variations. In addition, customers can scale up as production limits are reached by adding another printer to their fleet.
Velo3D, a leading metal additive manufacturing technology company for mission-critical parts, announced the Sapphire XC 1MZ. As a result, customers can now print parts one-meter-tall, with a total build that is twice the volume of Sapphire XC and nine times that of the original Sapphire, expanding the addressable use-cases of Velo3D's end-to-end metal additive manufacturing solution.
The Sapphire XC 1MZ builds on Velo3D's legacy of delivering cutting-edge performance for metal additive manufacturing technology, with the largest laser powder bed fusion print volume from a leading manufacturer. The Sapphire XC 1MZ was developed in response to customer feedback from the aerospace, energy, and defence industries.
Benny Buller Founder and CEO of Velo3D said, “Without advanced metal additive manufacturing it would be difficult to build many of the technologies that are shaping the future of our world. Our innovative customers have a clear understanding of how the technology can unlock new capabilities for their businesses and transform their product offerings. New systems, like the Sapphire XC and Sapphire XC 1MZ, support that transformation by significantly increasing throughput up to 400% and lowering costs by up to 75% compared to the original Sapphire.”
The Sapphire XC 1MZ will be available in all the materials currently offered by Velo3D, including Aluminum F357, Amperprint® 0233 Haynes® 282, GRCop-42, Hastelloy C22, Hastelloy X, Inconel® 625, Inconel® 718, Scalmalloy, and Titanium 6AI-4V Grade 5.
The Sapphire XC 1MZ aims to combine the large diameter of the Sapphire XC with the 1-meter build height of the Sapphire 1MZ to obtain the maximum print volume of any pioneering manufacturer's laser powder bed fusion printer. Visit the Velo3D blog or download the datasheet to learn more about the Sapphire XC 1MZ.
Dispelix | June 07, 2022
DispelixTM (Espoo), a pioneer in the design and manufacture of next-generation diffractive waveguides, recently announced that it has been working on a family of new reference designs for Augmented Reality (AR) glasses and headsets with respected AR light engine supplier Jade Bird Displays (JBD), for a long time.
The new designs combine JBD's cutting-edge MicroLED projectors with the Dispelix LED - an industry-leading pantoscopic waveguide with a superior nanotech coating developed through rigorous collaboration. JBD and Dispelix have combined their expertise in MicroLED displays, light engines, and diffractive waveguide combiners, with at least one cutting-edge model combining binocular waveguides with polychrome MicroLED projectors on the horizon.
JBD's AmLEDTM MicroLED projectors for smart eyewear were used in the flagship reference design, and monochrome and various polychrome projector development kits are also available. All of these are intended to assist OEMs and partners in the creation, evaluation, and prototyping of branded smart eyewear (as well as other Augmented Reality (AR) products and solutions) more quickly.
The monochromatic projector has a capacity of 0.35cc, a FOV of 30°, a nominal weight of 0.60 grams, and comes in red, green, and blue. It can be used for monochrome smart eyeglasses development or polychrome applications in RGB waveguides with numerous input couplers.
The polychrome projector is only 1.3cc in capacity, has a 30° FOV, and weighs 2.3 grams nominally. An x-cube prism is used in the polychrome module projector to merge pictures from three monochrome panels mounted to the faces of the X-cube prism. Both monochrome and polychrome projectors have infinite focus.
JBD has launched a number of innovative MicroLED display and projector solutions that are designed into end products such as smart glasses, holographic sights, and sports AR goggles. We are currently expanding our production facilities to support the unprecedented demand for our MicroLED displays and projectors, Our success has only been made possible with the launch of concurrent innovative solutions by our partners, and a stellar example is the Dispelix LED waveguide. Our polychrome projector combined with the LED waveguide will enable OEMs to rapidly turn around small form factor and aesthetically-pleasing AR wearables that are suitable for all day use."
Dr. Qiming Li, CEO & Founder of JBD.
SiLC | June 08, 2022
Cloud Light Technology Limited (Cloud Light), a leading provider of innovative optical modules for automotive and datacenter connection applications, has established a manufacturing cooperation with SiLC Technologies, Inc. (SiLC). Cloud Light will manufacture SiLC's EyeonicTM Vision Sensors in large quantities, bringing LiDAR to a new level of performance by providing exact depth, instantaneous velocity, and dual-polarization intensity.
SiLC's Eyeonic Vision Sensor is a first-of-its-kind FMCW LiDAR transceiver that was announced in December 2021. SiLC's silicon photonic device, which bundles FMCW LiDAR capability onto a single, tiny chip, is at the heart of the Eyeonic Vision Sensor. This chip is the only readily-integratable solution for manufacturers constructing the next generation of driverless vehicles, security systems, and industrial robots. It represents decades of silicon photonics innovation.
SiLC's manufacturing ecosystem, which includes its proprietary and mature chip fabrication process with another major ecosystem partner in Asia, is complemented and completed by Cloud Light's proven capabilities in optical module design, high volume precision assembly, testing, and reliability engineering. This year, early sample shipments and the changeover to full-scale manufacturing are envisaged.
“To integrate all of the functionalities needed for a coherent LiDAR into a single photonic chip is a complex art that takes many years to master,” said Dr. Mehdi Asghari, SiLC’s CEO and founder. “The combination of precision optical assembly and automotive capabilities make Cloud Light an ideal partner for manufacturing our vision sensors. All modules that we ship to customers this year will be made by SiLC’s mature manufacturing ecosystem and led by Cloud Light.”