XJet, the additive manufacturing company pioneering NanoParticle JettingTM (NPJ) technology, installed the first commercial XJet Carmel 1400 additive manufacturing (AM) system at citim. citim is a part of the Oerlikon Group and a leading international service provider of additively manufactured parts. With XJet’s Carmel 1400 AM system, Oerlikon is the first company worldwide to premier a new transformational ceramic inkjet based technology for additive production of ceramic parts.
The XJet Carmel 1400, featuring the company’s patented NPJ technology, is poised to transform the metal and ceramic AM industries by its ability to print separate nanoparticle “inks” or fluids for the build and support material. This enables ceramic or metal parts to be produced with the ease and versatility that one associates with inkjet printing. The XJet Carmel 1400 AM prints very fine layers, as fine as only a few microns thick.
As a result, this technology allows complex geometries with superfine details from as little as 0.1 mm to be created in a simple and very safe process. As its name suggest, the XJet Carmel 1400 features a 1,400 square cm build tray, which is one of the industry’s largest and able to handle high-capacity production. The XJet Carmel 1400 is highly suitable for a wide range of AM applications in diverse industries, from healthcare to manufacturing.
“The cooperation with XJet is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our AM offering beyond metals and into ceramics,” said Andreas Berkau, Head of AM Service Europe, Oerlikon Business Unit (BU) AM. “With over 20 years in the industry, citim has established itself as a leading international supplier of AM parts that meets evolving industry needs and remains at the forefront of AM technology. This collaboration enables us to stay ahead of technology developments and maintain our technology leadership.”
Oerlikon’s AM part production site in Barleben, Germany, will now commence with field testing using the XJet. Initially, the AM system is configured to manufacture ceramic parts (ceramic zirconia). At a later stage, the system can also be used to manufacture metal components that require fine details.
“We are proud to team up with Oerlikon, a global technology Group and one of the world’s leading AM service providers,” said Hanan Gothait, CEO and Founder of XJet. “Working together, Oerlikon and XJet are taking a lead in the AM revolution, empowered by our game-changing NPJ technology for metal and ceramic AM.”
“This collaboration with XJet is a natural extension of Oerlikon’s AM vision and further strengthens our technology offering and leadership position in the field of AM,” said Florian Mauerer, Head of Oerlikon BU AM. “We are pleased to be partnering with the XJet team, which is comprised of top veterans in the global AM industry. We look forward to a meaningful partnership in order to provide the best possible AM solutions along the entire value chain to customers in diverse manufacturing industries.”