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Meta Additive to use Xaar 1003 printhead on upcoming binder jetting system

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The reliability and performance of Xaar s printheads are proving key for jetting providers, Meta Additive, as they revolutionize additive manufacturing in volume metal and ceramic 3D printing (M3DP).

The collaborative approach between both businesses began in 2020 after Meta Additive had experienced difficulties sourcing printheads with sufficient capability to deliver the performance they required. Following a meeting with Xaar and Meta Additive’s CTO, Kate Black, despite lockdown conditions, a Xaar 1003 printhead had been selected and supplied in under 4 weeks, and the application was up and running immediately.Meta Additive to use Xaar 1003 printhead on upcoming binder jetting system

The wide operating window and unique technologies within the Xaar 1003 printhead enabled Meta Additive to use a variety of fluids that had previously been seen as too difficult to jet. Xaar’s printhead architecture and unique TF Technology, High Laydown Technology, and High Viscosity capability, in conjunction with the technical support from Xaar’s Advanced Applications and Technologies Group, helped Meta Additive move beyond the conventional limits of inkjet printing.

“After initially finding it impossible to gain access to a sufficiently capable printhead, the arrival of Xaar’s 1003 product, with its unique technologies and ability to handle a wide range of fluids, was a game-changer for our development process,” said Kate Black. “With the remarkable performance and operating window of the Xaar 1003, and Xaar’s willingness to engage in open, truly two-way collaboration and development, we have seen the partnership deliver unprecedented progress and genuine innovation in the M3DP field”.

The award of a £1.2M Innovate UK SMART grant will build on this development as Meta Additive and Xaar work with The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and Epivalence, to achieve metal 3D printing of multi-materials at scale.

Mike Seal, Xaar’s Head of Advanced Applications, Technologies, and Fluids, said; “Our work with Meta Additive and its binder jetting innovation is as creative as it is relevant to today’s evolving manufacturing environment, and above all demonstrates the role that inkjet technology and collaboration between forward-thinking businesses is playing in pushing the boundaries of inkjet. The ability of the team to think laterally, adopting and adapting to drive their progress fits hand in glove with our Advanced Applications and Technologies Group and we are very much looking forward to where this superb collaborative development can take manufacturing in the future”.

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Andrea Gambini

Andrea has always loved reading and writing. He started working in an editorial office as a sports journalist in 2008, then the passion for journalism and for the world of communication in general, allowed him to greatly expand his interests, leading to several years of collaborations with several popular online newspapers. Andrea then approached 3D printing, impressed by the great potential of this new technology, which day after the day pushed him to learn more and more about what he considers a real revolution that will soon be felt in many fields of our daily life.

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