Israeli company XJet has announced the first global installation of its Carmel 1400 additive manufacturing (AM) system at citim—an Oerlikon Group owned, Germany-based AM bureau specializing in prototyping and series production of metal and plastic components.
The Carmel 1400 employs the company’s patented nanoparticle jetting (NPJ) technology and is capable of producing components in ceramics and metals, the former being of particular interest to citim since it has revealed plans to ‘expand its AM offering […] into ceramics’.
Most notably, NPJ facilitates printing of separate inks, or fluids, for the build and support materials, so that ceramic and metal parts can be built as easily as if applying the conventional 3D printing process. Furthermore, it puts down layers that are just a few microns thick, allowing for the realization of complex geometries and superfine details down to 0.1 mm.
As its name implies, the printer affords a 1,400 cm2 (50 x 14 cm) build area for high-capacity production, making it especially suitable for industrial applications.
citim is commencing field testing of the Carmel 1400. The system has initially been configured to produce ceramic (ceramic zirconia) parts. At a later stage, it will also be used for producing metal parts.
Commenting on the installation, Hanan Gothait, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of XJet, said: ‘We are proud to team up with Oerlikon, a global technology group and one of the world’s leading AM service providers. Working together, Oerlikon and XJet are taking a lead in the AM revolution, empowered by our game-changing NPJ technology for metal and ceramic AM.’
Florian Mauerer, head of Oerlikon Business Unit (BU) AM, added: ‘This collaboration with XJet is a natural extension of Oerlikon’s AM vision and further strengthens our technology offering and leadership position in the field of AM. We are pleased to be partnering with the XJet team, which is comprised of top veterans in the global AM industry. We look forward to a meaningful partnership in order to provide the best possible AM solutions along the entire value chain to customers in diverse manufacturing industries.’
XJet and Oerlikon are exhibiting at formnext powered by tct, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, on 14-17 November, 2017. XJet will showcase the Carmel 1400 on stand E30, hall 3.1, and Oerlikon will present parts produced on the Carmel 1400 as well as highlight its range of services directly next to XJet on stand E31.
Dror Danai, chief business officer (CBO) at XJet, will present an overview of NPJ for ceramic and metal AM on November 14, 2017, at 13:30.