[This article is partly based on a conversation with XJet’s CEO Hanan Gothait]
Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) companies are competing fiercely to develop more sophisticated machines to meet the needs of a wider range of industries. The competition—as detailed in a previous article—unfolds along several dimensions: speed, precision, the ability to handle different materials, to print larger parts, to operate in different environments. This technological race makes 3D printing an increasingly powerful and versatile solution. This in turn keeps grabbing the attention of more and more manufacturers, expanding the market at a rapid pace.
The Israeli tech firm XJet has developed a unique technology—NanoParticle Jetting—that allows its 3D printers to handle both metals and ceramics with an extremely high degree of accuracy and some of the highest densities on the market.
Handling both metals and ceramics with the same machine allows XJet’s machines to seamlessly distribute distinct physical properties along different parts of the same object. For example, they can print a part that is heat resistant at one end but conducts heat at the other; or that conducts electricity at one end but guarantees electrical isolation at the other.
The very high degree of precision is an even bigger deal, however, because it allows users to design and print parts with more complex and sophisticated geometries—it is by exploiting new geometries that 3D printing can deliver products with superior technical performance compared to traditional manufacturing methods.
Thanks to this combination of precision and versatility, XJet’s machines have already been adopted in a range of industries: aerospace, automotive, and the medical industry. XJet’s printers now build components for a new breast cancer treatment—a potentially life-saving new solution that would not be possible without XJet’s technology. XJet is also set to help accelerate the 5G communication revolution through 3D-printed antennas that boost the signal in a cost-effective way.