XAAR technology moves 3D printing towards volume manufacturing

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XAAR technology moves 3D printing towards volume manufacturing
Chris Noble

This year’s InPrint show in Munich will see Xaar’s Chris Noble highlight how inkjet – and Xaar technology, in particular – is transforming 3D Printing from a prototype industry to volume production.

During his conference talk ‘Opportunities in 3D Printing for Inkjet’ on 15 November, Noble will explain how inkjet technology is ideally placed to deliver 3D Printing’s transformation to volume manufacturing, exploring the benefits and growth of 3D Printing in general, and the key enablers to accelerate the industry’s growth.

In his presentation, Noble will also explain why digital inkjet, and specifically Xaar’s TF Technology and High Laydown Technology, is at the heart of the solution, delivering both a fast and a scalable 3D manufacturing process which is robust as well as economical.

A new era for manufacturing
3D Printing as a manufacturing methodology encompasses a range of processes and applications all focusing on building parts up, usually layer by layer. It is a highly attractive methodology, not just because it eliminates the need for tooling, but also because it provides superior geometric freedom, giving product designers much more capability, whilst substantially reducing product design and production lead time. In addition, 3D Printing enables customisation of products to individual consumers, decentralisation of manufacturing and reduction of storage space required for spare parts – not to mention the time, environmental and cost benefits delivered with these.

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Fine-featured material jetting part, made using a Xaar 501 GS8 printhead.

Commenting on his presentation, Noble said, “To date, 3D Printing technologies have often been used to produce prototypes and one-offs. Whilst for many businesses globally there is a definite value to be had in this, the opportunities with inkjet technology are now creating even greater excitement and buzz around 3D Printing and its potential to deliver reliable, repeatable systems for high volume manufacturing.”

Alongside Noble’s presentation, information on Xaar’s 3D Printing solutions will be available on the Xaar stand 514 in Hall 6, with the company’s complete range of inkjet printheads and supporting products.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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