Hermeus' 3,800 mph hypersonic airplanes will get 3D-printed body

Hermeus intends to make hypersonic aircraft reachable for everyone.
Nergis Firtina
Hypersonic plane of Hermeus
Hypersonic plane of Hermeus


Hermeus, who previously worked with NASA and the U.S. Air Force, took action to make parts for hypersonic airplanes with Velo3D.

The company has obtained the Sapphire and large-format Sapphire XC printers of Velo3D, an end-to-end metal additive manufacturing solution.

Using Sapphire and Sapphire XC, Hermeus is set to print the Mach 5 Chimera and Quarterhorse planes.

Hermeus intends to make its hypersonic aircraft, which travel at Mach 5 or roughly 3,800 mph, commercially available for flights and airports, and these 3D printers are made for high-volume manufacturing.

The printers will also be adjusted for Inconel 718.

“Metal additive manufacturing is a core component of our plan to vertically integrate production,” said Glenn Case, CTO at Hermeus.

“As we explore the capabilities of Velo3D’s additive manufacturing technology, we’ll be looking for ways to increase performance, consolidate components, reduce the weight of our aircraft, and minimize external dependencies,” Case also added.

Hermeus' 3,800 mph hypersonic airplanes will get 3D-printed body
Quarterhorse aircraft

Stating that hypersonic aircraft can be quite challenging for the aviation industry, Velo3D CEO and founder Benny Buller stated that even if the speed, temperature, and vibration that Hermeus will reach are different from regular aircraft, Sapphire and Sapphire XC printers will not let Hermeus down.

“There are not many teams with the deep experience in hypersonics, aviation, and space flight that Hermeus has, and we’re 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 the hypersonic commercial flight a reality.”

Sapphire and Sapphire XC of Velo3D

Velo3D is a metal 3D printing technology company. The company's solution enables customers in space exploration, aviation, power generation, energy, and semiconductors to innovate the future in their respective industries by unlocking a wide range of design freedom.

The Sapphire printers of Velo3D, in contrast to traditional additive manufacturing (AM) printers, use a specialized protrusion tolerant non-contact recoater that almost completely eliminates the risk of part collisions, dramatically increasing yields, and enabling a printing process that allows lower angles and overhangs down to zero degrees, thin leak tight walls, large diameter, and extremely small inner tubes, with little to no supports.

About Hermeus

In 2018, Hermeus was established to dramatically accelerate air travel. They're creating Mach 5 aircraft using the knowledge gained from working at NewSpace companies to connect people more quickly and innovate commercial aviation, which is desperately required.

Passengers will be able to traverse the Atlantic in 90 minutes thanks to Mach 5, which is more than twice as fast as the Concorde.

Hermeus is collaborating with government organizations to create a line of autonomous aircraft that derisk the technology and address pressing national security issues on the way to hypersonic passenger aircraft.

These items offer the information and assurance required for the certification, manufacture, operation, and maintenance of safe and comfortable commercial aircraft.