Xjet adds ceramics to nanoparticle jetting capabilities.
The second formnext powered by tct sees the European debut of XJet’s NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) technology, unveiled as a groundbreaking new method for 3D printing in metal back in May. But the Israeli company isn’t resting on metals alone and will use the Frankfurt event to showcase the addition of ceramic inkjet 3D printing to its capabilities.
Joining a surge of new technologies on the showfloor this year, Xjet’s ceramic 3D printed parts will go on display for the first time at formnext on 15-18th November. Using the same method as its metal jetting technology, NPJ uses an ultra-thin later of droplets containing ceramic nanoparticles, which are deposited onto the machine build tray. Inside the build envelope, extremely high temperatures cause the liquid ‘jacket’ around the ceramic nanoparticles to evaporate leaving a ceramic part with properties that match those of traditionally manufactured parts. The ceramic part then undergoes an easy sintering process and supports are removed simply and with minimal manual handling.
“After many years of research, we are excited to have reached this milestone of development, producing another high quality material through NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ),” Hanan Gothait, CEO and Founder of XJet explained. “NPJ is a truly disruptive technology as it offers a totally new level of fine details, material properties and simple clean operation without the need to design or remove complex support structures.
“The expansion of NanoParticle Jetting to include ceramics will allow XJet to address an even wider range of applications, such as dental, medical and specific industrial applications,” added Dror Danai, Chief Business Officer, XJet. “At formnext we will demonstrate how the usage of ink-jet technology, and it's very large tray, will encourage more industries to look at Ceramic Additive Manufacturing as an option for both customised parts and relatively large scale manufacturing of small parts.”
NPJ was first unveiled to the masses at RAPID Show in Orlando, Florida following a sneak preview at the Additive Manufacturing User Group Conference. Visitors to formnext can see the Xjet’s latest developments on stand #J30. To attend, register here.