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Hermeus acquires 3D printers for Quarterhorse, Chimera

Hypersonic aircraft developer Hermeus has acquired 3D printers from additive manufacturing specialist Velo3D to build parts for its Chimera engine and Mach 5 Quarterhorse. Both printers, including the original Sapphire and the large-format Sapphire XC, designed for high-volume production, will be calibrated for Inconel 718 superalloy.

“Metal additive manufacturing is a central part of our vertical production integration plan,” said Glenn Case, Founder and 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.”

Velo3D metal printers provide the ability to build complex, critical parts that were previously impossible to manufacture, Velo3D said. The company said it had previously been a strategic partner on projects at SpaceX, Honeywell, Honda, Chromalloy and Lam Research, among others.

Founded in 2018, Hermeus is working on the development of hypersonic aircraft for military and commercial applications. Its first project, the Quarterhorse Scale Autonomous Aircraft, is expected to complete its maiden flight in 2023. The Chimera of Hermeus will power Quarterhorse.

“Hypersonics is an extremely challenging subset of the aviation industry and at the speeds Hermeus will achieve, temperature, vibration and aerodynamics play major factors in the flight of the aircraft,” said Benny Buller. , CEO and Founder of Velo3D. “There aren’t many teams with the deep hypersonic, aviation and spaceflight experience that Hermeus has…I have no doubt they will bring their vision to life and make hypersonic commercial flight a reality.”