Xaar’s printheads have been selected by industrial 3D printing manufacturer dp polar GmbH to power the latest addition to the company’s range of production 3D printers, the AMpolar i1, which was unveiled at this year’s Formnext Show in Frankfurt, on 16-19th November. The new compact AMpolar i1 was on display and visitors were see how dp polar’s patented Additive Mass Manufacturing process uses Xaar 1003 printheads to jet parts at volume and deliver 3D printing on a truly industrial scale.
Florian Loebermann, dp polar’s Managing Director said: “The AMpolar i1 delivers all the production benefits of the AMpolar i2, but at a scale and in a format that facilitates businesses in their early stages of exploring what is possible in mass production 3D printing. Xaar’s printheads have proved invaluable in unlocking the full potential of our systems, and the openness of the Xaar team to support our innovations is helping to establish 3D printing and Additive Mass Manufacturing as a practical reality in the volume production of parts for many industries.”
dp polar designs, develops and delivers industrial 3D printing systems and solutions for the automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, and consumer industries, and has worked with Xaar in the use of its printheads over a number of years.
The AMpolar i1 harnesses dp polar’s patented, highly productive single-pass printing process, enabling build volumes of up to 240 liters across its innovative continuously rotating print platform, with a build area of just under one square meter (10.3ft2). Layers of between 4-25µm can be put down, achieving resolutions of up to 720 x 720 x 5.000dpi.
This combination of scalability, productivity and agility achieves an output that traditionally would have required multiple conventional 3D machines, and significantly more capital investment.
The AMpolar i1 utilizes the Xaar 1003, part of Xaar’s extensive printhead portfolio, which is proving invaluable in the industrialization of 3D printing. The combination of speed, reliability, and capacity to jet a variety of fluids at increasingly high viscosities, enables jetting of fluids up to 100 centipoises (cP) in a single pass. Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology is key to realizing this capability, opening access to an exciting range of new applications.
Gareth Neal, Xaar’s Customer Applications Manager, Advanced Applications, Technologies & Fluids commented: “The innovative and agile AMpolar i1, firmly establishes the use of resin jetting as a truly practical and commercially viable manufacturing process. With Xaar’s range of printheads including our unique Ultra High Viscosity Technology providing the speed, flexibility and reliability demanded, functional inkjet applications have never been more accessible, affordable or productive.”