Xaar opens new 3D centre in UK

Xaar has made a concerted play for the 3D sector over the last two years or so in an effort to stimulate further demand for its printheads. This includes setting up a new 3D Centre on the Nottingham Science Park, which has just been officially opened.

Doug Edwards (CEO) and Prof. Neil Hopkinson (Director of XaarÕs 3D printing business) unveiling the Xaar 3D Centre plaque at the open day.

Xaar says that it will be able to offer services around high speed sintering, a form of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, which uses inkjet printheads and infrared heaters to manufacture products layer by layer from polymer powder materials at much higher speeds and lower costs than other 3D Printing processes.

The facilities includes high speed sintering machines and associated peripheral equipment for pre-processing, post-processing and quality control/inspection.

Professor Neil Hopkinson, the original inventor of the high speed sintering process, who heads up Xaar’s 3D division, explained: “There is no doubt that High Speed Sintering technology can transform 3D Printing from a low volume prototyping solution to a mainstream manufacturing process.”

Xaar’s belief is that companies interested in adopting this type of additive manufacturing will need to partner with other players in the supply chain. So the strategy here is to use this new 3D Centre to push Xaar’s credentials to be part of that supply chain. Other vendors have taken a similar approach to the 3D print market, which is still in it’s early adoption stage, at least as far as volume manufacturing is concerned.


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