Xaar’s High Laydown tech for 3D Printing

TCT Show – NEC Birmingham 25 to 27 September

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High speed sintered two-part buckle with varied stiffness
High speed sintered two-part buckle with varied stiffness

Xaar is inviting visitors to see the latest in printhead technology on stand J21 at this year’s TCT Show, September 25-27 at the NEC in Birmingham. There they can learn how innovations such as Xaar’s High Laydown Technology and its partnerships with industry leading companies help integrators and machine producers to get ahead in 3D Printing.

Jetting 3D fluids with high viscosities (at least 55cP), valuable for 3D printing, is possible with the award-winning High Laydown (HL) Technology. Samples produced with high viscosity photoresins from BASF 3D Printing Solutions will be on display. In addition, significantly increased throughputs can also be achieved with High Laydown Technology. Therefore, faster printing of 3D parts with improved mechanical properties such as tensile strength is possible.

These advantages will be the focus for Angus Condie, Xaar’s Director of Integration and Applications, during his presentation High Volume Manufacturing in Photopolymer Jetting on the ‘TCT Introducing Stage’ on Tuesday, 25 September at 13.50. He will cover in detail how HL Technology can greatly increase the productivity of inkjet-based systems and enable a more diverse fluid portfolio.

In addition to a focus on High Laydown Technology, print samples illustrating how Xaar’s 3D printhead portfolio can be used in various 3D Printing methods such as High Speed Sintering, Binder Jetting, and Photopolymer Jetting will be on display.

“The TCT Show is a major event for the 3D Printing sector and we are excited to be exhibiting for the first time with our 3D printhead portfolio and High Laydown Technology,” says Simon Kirk, Senior Product Manager at Xaar. “We provide continuous support to our customers from early fluid evaluation through to successful solution development. That’s why we are welcoming manufacturers and integrators to discuss their project proposals and discover how Xaar can help them lower development costs, get to market quicker, and introduce printers that deliver a true competitive edge and a real value to 3D end-users.”

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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