Israeli additive manufacturing company XJet Ltd. has officially opened its Additive Manufacturing Center in Rehovot. The new facility, which is being inaugurated today, is worth over $10 million and is being heralded as the world’s largest additive manufacturing center for metals and ceramics. As one would expect, the center is equipped exclusively with XJet Carmel AM systems.
Spanning 8,000 square feet at Rehovot Science Park, XJet’s new AM Center will enable the innovative company to further advance and accelerate the development of new 3D printing materials and applications for its NanoParticle Jetting technology, which can be used for both metal and ceramic production.
“The new AM Center is a crucial part of our pursuit for wide-ranging multi-material printing,” said XJet CEO Hanan Gothait. “XJet Carmel AM systems are currently available with one of two printing materials, stainless steel or zirconia. Our vision is a platform that prints with a multitude of metals and ceramics on the same part. We will use the AM Center to develop and demonstrate specialized applications, print test parts for our global customer base, and trial new metal and ceramic materials.”
The company’s Carmel AM system was debuted less than a year ago to the excitement of the industry (especially to those interested in ceramic AM). The machine, based on the patented NPJ process, simultaneously deposits layers of the build material (either metal or ceramic) and a disintegrating support material. This approach enables the production of highly complex and finely details parts and could even be adapted (as Gothait says) for multi-material printing.
XJet also recently announced UK-based Carfulan as its first official distributor. The company, in attendance at the opening, will reportedly be receiving its first XJet Carmel AM system by the end of the year.
The new AM Center will be led by Dr. Ophira Melamed, the metal project manager at XJet. “We have very high goals and expectations for the AM Center, and as such have placed our best resources here, led by Dr. Ophira Melamed,” added Gothait. “Under her expert guidance I’m very excited to see what the AM Center will deliver.”
The grand opening for the event is taking place today, bringing together XJet employees, stakeholders, global customers and a number of other guests. Excitingly, our very own Davide Sher is attending the opening. All guests present are being given a tour of the facility, where XJet 3D printers will be running demonstrations.
“I’m extremely proud of the progress made by the XJet team over the last year,” said Gothait. “In addition to opening the AM Center, which will speed up operations at XJet, we also held our first open house event at YBI in North America, and started working with a turnkey manufacturing company. NPJ technology delivers a step change in metal and ceramic additive manufacturing, and with huge potential in each market we’re working hard to build an infrastructure to support the rapid growth we will drive for the business. We look forward to sharing even more progress with the wider community at formnext next month.”
In addition to hearing the XJET CEO speak, visitors also had the opportunity to hear presentations by XJet customers, including Israeli medical device manufacturer Syqe Medical and Oerlikon, which installed a Carmel 1400 printer in 2017. Professor Oded Shoseyov, a TED speaker and winner of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize for Initiatives and Innovation, also gave a presentation on materials of the future. Stay tuned for more details about XJet’s new Additive Manufacturing Center and the official opening in Rehovot.