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XJet announces new alumina technical ceramic and support material

The Israeli company unveiled the new additive manufacturing materials at Formnext 2018

XJet Ltd., the company behind the NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) technology for ceramics and metals, has announced a new ceramic material for its AM system: alumina. The technical ceramic offers a range of manufacturing benefits, such as good electrical insulation and high mechanical strength, and is already widely recognized in industrial manufacturing.

The new material joins zirconia in XJet’s portfolio of technical ceramics. Compared to zirconia, alumina shares certain features, such as high hardness and strength, but demonstrates lower wear resistance, making it easier to machine and refine before and after firing.

In other recent XJet news, the Israeli company announced the deployment one of its Carmel 1400 AM Systems to Italian additive manufacturing service bureau Beam-IT. The company also recently inaugurated a brand new facility for its ceramic and metal AM technology in Rehovot. All announcements, including today’s showcase the company’s commitment to advancing its NPJ platform and ceramic and metal AM on the whole.

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“XJet is devoted to the ongoing development of this technology and to serve the AM market,” said XJet CEO Hanan Gothait, “The recent opening of our more than $10m Additive Manufacturing Centre is a testament to this, as the largest facility dedicated entirely to development of new materials and applications in metal and ceramic AM.

“The new alumina material development was sped up thanks to the availability of dedicated systems for this purpose in the last few weeks. Whilst XJet NanoParticle Jetting technology is in itself unique, offering distinct advantages, we’re examining every part of the process for opportunities to push the envelope, from the hardware, the material chemistry and beyond.”

Advancements in soluble supports

Another development highlighted by XJet in its Formnext announcement has to do with support materials. According to the company, it has developed an improved soluble support material for its NPJ process which will be compatible with its soon-to-be-released stainless steel material. The support material can easily be removed from printed parts in a bath post-process without compromising details or even the most complex geometries.

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Gothait stated: “It’s been a year of outstanding growth and I’m immensely proud of what the team here at XJet has achieved both in product development, the manufacturing agreement and new facility, and the new labs opening. Next year will be even bigger as we add these new materials, welcome many new customers and continue to build an infrastructure to support that rapid growth including a network of distributors, a great customer development and support team and more.

“The market response to our technology and system has been wonderful and we make sure that we grow at the right pace, building a strong and solid foundation for a very large, leading company in its field.”

We recently spoke to XJet’s VP of Industrial Manufacturing and Defense, Haim Levi, who elaborated on the company’s recent successes and its path moving forward.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

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