Xaar collaborates with Meta Additive

Receives award from Innovate UK Smart grant

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Meta Additive builds 3D solutions that mix materials at the molecular level Photo Xaar

The performance of Xaar’s printheads is proving key for cutting-edge jetting provider, Meta Additive, as they revolutionize additive manufacturing in volume metal and ceramic 3D printing (M3DP).

The collaborative approach between both businesses began in 2020 after Meta Additive had experienced difficulties sourcing printheads with sufficient capability to deliver the performance they required. Following a meeting with Xaar and Meta Additive’s chief technology officer, Kate Black, despite lockdown conditions, a Xaar 1003 printhead had been selected and supplied in under 4 weeks, and the application was up and running immediately.

The wide operating window and unique technologies within the Xaar 1003 printhead enabled Meta Additive to use a variety of fluids that had previously been seen as too difficult to jet. Xaar’s printhead architecture and TF Technology, High Laydown Technology, and high viscosity capability, in conjunction with the technical support from Xaar’s Advanced Applications and Technologies Group, helped Meta Additive move beyond the conventional limits of inkjet printing.

“After initially finding it impossible to gain access to a sufficiently capable printhead, the arrival of Xaar’s 1003 product, with its unique technologies and ability to handle a wide range of fluids, was a game-changer for our development process,” said Kate Black.

“With the remarkable performance and operating window of the Xaar 1003, and Xaar’s willingness to engage in open, truly a two-way collaboration and development, we have seen the partnership deliver unprecedented progress and genuine innovation in the M3DP field.”

The award of a GBP 1.2 million (approximately Rs 12 crore) Innovate UK Smart grant will build on this development as Meta Additive and Xaar work with The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and Epivalence, to achieve metal 3D-printing of multi-materials at scale.

Mike Seal, Xaar’s head of Advanced Applications, Technologies, and Fluids, said, “Our work with Meta Additive and its binder jetting innovation is as creative as it is relevant to today’s evolving manufacturing environment, and above all demonstrates the role that inkjet technology and collaboration between forward-thinking businesses is playing in pushing the boundaries of inkjet.

“The ability of the team to think laterally, adopting and adapting to drive their progress, fits hand in glove with our Advanced Applications and Technologies Group and we are very much looking forward to where this superb collaborative development can take manufacturing in the future.”

Xaar has been transforming the world of inkjet technology for 30 years. With a new leadership team, new technology, and new products, it has an exciting roadmap for the future – that will help its partners unleash the true power of inkjet printing and open up a world of opportunities for their business. Xaar believes true innovation comes from collaboration, which is why all its teams work together in Cambridgeshire where industrial inkjet was born. Collaboration is at the core of its global partnerships too – whether it’s helping customers enhance their uptime or create production efficiencies from high-speed digitization.

Meta Additive was founded in October 2019 and develops innovative metallic and ceramic binders and 3D printing equipment, providing industrial additive manufacturing solutions for a broad market sector.

Meta Additive is developing a manufacturing ecosystem that can provide customers with truly bespoke components to suit their end applications. Meta’s novel chemical approach to 3D printing enables the tailoring of materials at the molecular level, unlocking boundless design potential as well as smarter, cheaper, and more sustainable manufacturing solutions.

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