Christmas might typically be a time for long-held traditions but in 2020, engineers, designers and elves at CALLUM have looked to the future and created a tree decoration in zirconia ceramic with the latest 3D printing technology from Israeli firm XJet.
Foregoing gold, frankincense and myrrh, CALLUM specified zirconia to create a ‘speed form’ bauble of its Aston Martin CALLUM Vanquish 25 by R-Reforged. The additive process, which hits temperatures of 1250° Celsius during the sintering stage, uses multiple inkjet printing heads with thousands of tiny nozzles to simultaneously jet millions of ultrafine drops of both build and support materials in ultrathin layers.
This is the first time that XJet has used its zirconia 3D printing process to create a Christmas decoration. It is typically used for printing a variety of components for automotive, medical devices, electronics and end user parts in a variety of applications. XJet’s ceramic additive manufacturing method is based on a two-material direct inkjet printing of nano particles of ceramics, suspended in liquid.