Oct 17, 2018 | By Thomas

XJet, the Israeli company that develops ceramic and metal 3D printing solutions, has officially opened its Additive Manufacturing Center in Rehovot.

With an investment of over 10 million dollars, the 8,000 square foot facility in Rehovot Science Park is home to the largest collection of metal and ceramic 3D printers worldwide, comprised entirely of XJet Carmel AM systems.

Leveraging XJet’s patented NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) technology, the XJet Carmel line of AM systems enables ceramic and metal 3D printing by using nanoparticle inks of either material to build objects up. More specifically, XJet’s NanoParticle Jetting technology uses sealed cartridges filled with solid nanoparticles in a liquid suspension. When these are loaded into the 3D printer, they are jetted using a complex system of nozzles, which deposit ultrafine drops of the build and support material inks onto the build tray. Inside the build envelope, extremely high temperatures effectively evaporate the liquid suspension of the ink, resulting in dense layers made from ceramic or metal. Finally, once the printing process is complete, the printed parts can be sintered and support materials can be removed.

Due to its unique approach, the NPJ technology produces highly complex parts with superfine details, smooth surfaces and pinpoint accuracy. According to the company, The AM Center aims to support XJet in developing new 3D printing materials and applications.

XJet CEO Hanan Gothait, said: “The new AM Center is a crucial part of our pursuit for wide-ranging multi-material printing. XJet Carmel AM systems are currently available with one of two printing materials, stainless steel or zirconia. Our vision is a platform that prints with a multitude of metals and ceramics on the same part. We will use the AM Center to develop and demonstrate specialized applications, print test parts for our global customer base, and trial new metal and ceramic materials.”

“We have very high goals and expectations for the AM Center and, as such, have placed our best resources here, led by Dr Ophira Melamed. Under her expert guidance I’m very excited to see what the AM Center will deliver.”

The AM Center inauguration follows less than a year on from the commercial launch of XJet’s first AM system. XJet also announced that it has chosen UK-based Carfulan as its first official distributor. The company, in attendance at the opening, will receive the first Carmel AM system by the end of the year.

“I’m extremely proud of the progress made by the XJet team over the last year. In addition to opening the AM Center, which will speed up operations at XJet, we also held our first open house event at YBI in North America, and started working with a turnkey manufacturing company,” states Gothait, “NPJ technology delivers a step change in metal and ceramic additive manufacturing, and with huge potential in each market we’re working hard to build an infrastructure to support the rapid growth we will drive for the business. We look forward to sharing even more progress with the wider community at formnext next month.”



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