XJet ships first US Carmel 3D printer

XJet has installed one of its Carmel 1400 AM systems at the Youngstown Business Incubator in Ohio, USA in January this year. The machine was unveiled at last year’s Formnext show in 2017 and this installation marks XJet’s first machine in the US.

Barb Ewing, CEO of Youngstown Business Incubator.

The Youngstown Business Incubator is part of the Youngstown State University and supports the development of successful digital businesses, including advanced manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing. YBI also works with the America Makes initiative, which brings US companies together to research and develop 3D printing solutions.

Barb Ewing, CEO of Youngstown Business Incubator, says that additive manufacturing can help bring investment to the region, adding: “Although there are still some issues commonly seen in additive manufacturing today, XJet technology solves many of them. First and foremost, the detail you get from the high resolution offered is outstanding. For many businesses, particularly in the healthcare sector, this could remove the final barrier to using this technology.”

The Carmel printer uses XJet’s patented NanoParticle Jetting technology to print ultrafine layers of ‘inks’ to produce ceramic and metal parts. The great advantage of this system is that promises the ease and cost associated with inkjet printing. It uses high resolution printheads that allow very fine detail, smooth surfaces and high accuracy.

Mike Hripko, associate VP Research Youngstown State University, said: “The nano level particles in XJet technology afford us an opportunity to make extremely precise and detailed products that we’ve previously been unable to do.”

The Carmel was up and running within two days of being installed. Ewing concludes: “We were pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to get the piece of equipment installed. The team has been tremendously supportive and really worked through all of the issues so that it was truly a plug-and-play process for us.”

It’s worth noting that although this is the first Carmel system in the US, it’s not the first actual installation – that went to Oerlikon’s Citim subsidiary based in Barleben, Germany, and was installed last year.




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