Xaar 1003 printhead delivers for industrial 3D printing

High volume additive manufacturing on the AMpolar i2

The Xaar 1003 printhead is proving instrumental for industrial 3D printing manufacturer dp polar, enabling its revolutionary AMpolar i2 to print additive manufacturing parts on a truly industrial scale

The Xaar 1003 printhead is proving instrumental for industrial 3D printing manufacturer dp polar, enabling its revolutionary AMpolar i2 to print additive manufacturing parts on a truly industrial scale. Based in Germany, dp polar designs develops and delivers industrial 3D printing systems for the automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, and consumer industries.

The AMpolar i2’s patented additive manufacturing process uses an array of Xaar 1003 printheads to jet parts at volume, and at a significantly reduced cost when compared to traditional 3D printing machines. The highly productive single-pass printing process delivers build volumes of up to 700 liters across its pioneering, continuously rotating print platform. For example, the AMpolar i2 machine can produce over 500,000 automotive electronic power-plugs per year at the lowest cost per part. Achieving the same output with traditional 3D printers would require the operation of multiple machines, requiring substantially more initial investment, and increasing costs and complexity across production.

Hans Mathea, managing director and founder of dp polar, said, “The AMpolar i2 delivers an unparalleled output of printed parts per hour, resulting in a significant reduction in cost per part. The Xaar 1003 is integral to the machine’s design and performance, and the ability to handle multiple fluids means that 3D Printing and additive manufacturing are now a reality for the volume production of parts for many industries.”

As part of Xaar’s extensive printhead portfolio, the Xaar 1003 is contributing to the increasing industrialization of 3D printing with its speed, reliability, and ability to jet a variety of fluids, over an increased viscosity range. This ensures a suitable fit for a wide range of additive manufacturing applications.

Mike Seal, Xaar’s business development manager, Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printheads, said, “dp polar’s use of the Xaar 1003 printhead and the innovative design of the AMpolar i2, shows the natural progression of photopolymer jetting from a prototyping technology to a true manufacturing process. This is a transition we see more and more within functional inkjet applications. We are delighted to see the AMpolar i2 utilize Xaar’s printhead technology and make the volume production of industrial parts through 3D printing a reality.”

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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