Israel’s XJet, becoming quite well-known for their Inkjet liquid metal 3D printing technology, is a company I suddenly find myself both reading and writing about more often. Currently though, the upcoming RAPID 2016 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing event being held in Orlando, FL from May 16-19 is dominating the news.
Touted as the authority on 3D in terms of printing, scanning, and additive manufacturing, RAPID is definitely the place to be next week if you are part of or interested in the industry, and 3DPrint.com will be on the scene as well. The excitement is definitely building, and if you are planning to attend, then you probably have an idea of the countless big names in 3D who will be there. We’ve also just received word that XJet will be at the show to demonstrate their NanoParticle Jetting technology, offering the first bit of global exposure for their 3D metal ink-jet system on May 17th.
3D printing has exploded in the mainstream, but 3D printing with metal is becoming one of the biggest industrial interests, completely overshadowing many other methods. Because XJet offers a technology that is further unique—as well as faster, superior, and even more affordable—they will be one to watch at this particular show.
Other manufacturers most surely must have more than a passing curiosity about what their competition is doing as well, considering they have developed something very special and are well-funded after raising $25 million in new funding just recently.
“NanoParticle Jetting is the culmination of many years of research in our labs with the highest caliber of developers and scientists including many PhDs,” said Hanan Gothait, CEO and Founder of XJet. “It is a landmark in the additive manufacturing industry having registered more than 50 patents. NanoParticle Jetting overcomes many challenges that Additive Manufacturing has faced until now, and we are very proud of the results.”
Their technology uses metal nanoparticles instead of powder, and allows for this new material to be used simply by installing cartridges into the XJet system—another true benefit as it is then extruded through inkjet heads and the material does not have to be touched by human hands causing worry about toxicity. A liquid bubble inside the cartridge allows for the metal droplets to be released and then deposited, putting down a dramatic 221 droplets per second. The metal part undergoes an easy sintering process, with the supports removed simply and with almost no manual intervention.
The company summarizes their new technology in three dimensions:
- Details – The size of the particles and the ultra-thin layers allow for a new level of small details and thin walls to be printed.
- Dispersion – XJet’s system print heads deposit an ultra-fine layer of liquid droplets which contain metal-nanoparticles. This ink is delivered in sealed cartridges, achieving a new level in safety and simplicity.
- Design Freedom – The support materials, which are different to model materials, are effortlessly removed and enable virtually any geometry to be designed.
The result is that users are promised what is always the ultimate goal in 3D printing: high quality and speed. XJet’s NanoParticle Jetting technology allows for high quality in metal, with incredible detail, excellent surface finish—and accuracy.
“We are very excited to demonstrate our breakthrough technology at RAPID,” said Dror Danai, Chief Business Officer, XJet. “RAPID conference is the perfect platform to showcase our NanoParticle Jetting technology, which will fill a gap in the market – easily producing complex metal parts with intricate details, and with high quality metallurgy.”
You can find XJet at RAPID’s Technology LaunchPad. They will be showcasing their technology there from 3:00-4:30pm on May 18th. Will you be attending the show? Discuss further in the XJet at RAPID 2016 forum over at 3DPB.com.[All images supplied to 3DPrint.com courtesy of XJet]