voxeljet AG officially announced that the company will release its first 3D printing system based on its new High Speed Sintering (HSS) process, at the upcoming formnext trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany next November 14th-17th. The company’s material sets so far have focused on tooling and pattern making applications, but with HSS voxeljet will be entering the thermoplastics market with the ability to directly manufacture end-use products.
The company announced the partnership with Xaar and Professor Neil Hopkinson’s HSS technology earlier this year saying it is very optimistic about its possibilities, combined with large size voxeljet system. The technology is a direct competitor of HP’s MultiJet Fusion and is set to increase powder bed 3D printing speeds by a factor of 10 and more.
“Our new high speed sintering process will initially be launched on our VX200 platform. With that, we are excited to offer to our customers great flexibility regarding process and machine parameters, as both can be tailored by our customers to their specific needs. We offer the option of open sourcing for materials, as our customers can choose various testing and validation services from voxeljet. ProPrint, our new and modular printing software, is available in a full access development-kit, allowing for even greater customization options. The availability and application of a wide range of 3D printable thermoplastic materials, including elastomers, makes this product line ideally suited for material suppliers, universities, and other institutions,” said Dr. Ingo Ederer, Chief Executive Officer of voxeljet.
In addition to voxeljet’s present solutions portfolio, the new HSS process enables printing of parts with properties and qualities similar to Selective Laser Sintering, Multi Jet Fusion or injection molding. Versatile and fully functional prototypes such as brackets, housings and other functional parts for end use can be produced. In combination with the excellent surface quality, sharp and clear edges, as well as true-to-detail resolution, HSS parts can be directly used for functional applications in automotive, industrial equipment, and even consumer goods.
The basis for HSS is the same as voxeljet’s core technology, binder jetting. HSS works by selectively jetting an infrared absorbing ink onto layers of plastic powder. Each layer is exposed to infrared light, which melts the powder to form functional plastic parts directly out of the machine.
“voxeljet’s industrial printers enable high-quality print resolutions with layer times that are consistent no matter what is being printed. Due to large printing widths of our print heads, we see a high potential for increased printing rates on larger platforms in the future, making this process even more productive compared to other additive manufacturing processes,” added Christian Traeger, Director Sales & Marketing.
voxeljet is a leading provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers. The Company’s 3D printers employ a powder binding, additive manufacturing technology to produce parts using various material sets, which consist of particulate materials and proprietary chemical binding agents. The Company provides its 3D printers and on-demand parts services to industrial and commercial customers serving the automotive, aerospace, film and entertainment, art and architecture, engineering and consumer product end markets.