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.

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