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Oerlikon installs first commercial Carmel 1400 ceramic Inkjet system from XJet

System will be in operation at the citim 3D printing service provider

XJet, the additive manufacturing company pioneering NanoParticle Jetting (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 premiere 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 associate 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 super fine details from as little as 0.1 mm to be created in a simple and very safe process. As its name suggests, 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.

Oerlikon installs Xjet

“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.”

Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook. He is a senior analyst for US-based firm SmarTech Publishing focusing on the additive manufacturing industry. He founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which specializes in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore.

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