XJet Ltd., the additive manufacturing company pioneering NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) technology, announced the first global installation of its XJet Carmel 1400 additive manufacturing (AM) system at citim. citim is a part of the Oerlikon Group and a leading international service provider of additively manufactured parts.
XJet claims the Carmel 1400, with the company’s patented NPJ technology, is poised to transform the metal and ceramic AM industries by its ability to print separate nanoparticle “inks” or fluids for the build and support material. This capability enables ceramic or metal parts to be produced with the ease and versatility often associated with inkjet printing.
The XJet Carmel 1400 AM prints layers as fine as only a few microns thick. Thus, this technology allows complex geometries with superfine details from as little as 0.1 mm to be created simply and safely.
The machine features a 1,400 square cm build tray for high-capacity production. It is suitable for a range of AM applications in diverse industries, from healthcare to manufacturing.
Oerlikon’s AM part production site in Barleben, Germany, will field test the XJet. Initially, the AM system is configured to manufacture ceramic parts (ceramic zirconia). At a later stage, the system will be used to manufacture metal components that require fine details.