Xaar technology and inkjet are transforming 3D Printing from a prototype industry to volume production. Inkjet technology is ideally placed to deliver 3D Printing’s transformation to volume manufacturing, exploring the benefits and growth of 3D Printing in general, and the key enablers to accelerate the industry’s growth. Moreover, digital inkjet, and specifically Xaar’s TF Technology and High Laydown Technology, is at the heart of the solution, delivering both a fast and a scalable 3D manufacturing process which is robust as well as economical.
3D Printing as a manufacturing methodology encompasses a range of processes and applications all focusing on building parts up, usually layer by layer. It is a highly attractive methodology, not just because it eliminates the need for tooling, but also because it provides superior geometric freedom, giving product designers much more capability, whilst substantially reducing product design and production lead time. In addition, 3D Printing enables customisation of products to individual consumers, decentralisation of manufacturing and reduction of storage space required for spare parts – not to mention the time, environmental and cost benefits delivered with these.