This year’s InPrint show in Munich saw Xaar’s Chris Noble highlight how inkjet – and Xaar technology, in particular – is transforming 3D Printing from a prototype industry to volume production. During his conference talk “Opportunities in 3D Printing for Inkjet” at on 15th November, Noble explained how inkjet technology is ideally placed to deliver 3D Printing’s transformation to volume manufacturing, explored the benefits and growth of 3D Printing in general, and outlined the key enablers to accelerate the industry’s growth.
In his presentation, Noble also explained 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. In addition, 3D Printing 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.”
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Image caption: Fine-featured material jetting part, made using a Xaar 501 GS8 printhead.
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