Xaar technology nudges 3D printing closer to volume production
Technology from Xaar in Cambridge promises to move 3D printing closer to volume production. The company will go into detail at the InPrint show in Munich later this month.
Chris Noble, a 3D engineer at the Science Park company, will tell delegates how inkjet – and Xaar technology, in particular – is transforming 3D Printing from a prototype industry to manufacturing at scale.
During his conference talk on November 15, Noble will explore the benefits and growth of 3D printing in general and the key enablers to accelerate the industry’s growth.
He will also explain why digital inkjet, and specifically Xaar’s TF Technology and High Laydown Technology, is at the heart of the solution, delivering both a fast and a scalable 3D manufacturing process which is robust as well as economical.
3D Printing as a manufacturing methodology encompasses a range of processes and applications all focusing on building parts up, usually layer by layer.
It is a highly attractive methodology, not just because it eliminates the need for tooling, but also because it provides superior geometric freedom, giving product designers much more capability, whilst substantially reducing product design and production lead time.
3D Printing also enables customisation of products to individual consumers, decentralisation of manufacturing and reduction of storage space required for spare parts – not to mention the time, environmental and cost benefits delivered with these.
Noble says: “To date, 3D printing technologies have often been used to produce prototypes and one-offs. Whilst for many businesses globally there is a definite value to be had in this, the opportunities with inkjet technology are now creating even greater excitement and buzz around 3D printing and its potential to deliver reliable, repeatable systems for high volume manufacturing.”
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Chris Noble, 3D engineer at Xaar