Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
Xaar expands 3D business with new U.K. centre and team
December 16, 2016 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Dec. 16, 2016 – Xaar plc, a provider of industrial inkjet technology, has announced its new Xaar 3D Centre in Nottingham, U.K. Officially opening next month, the new facility will deliver 3D printing services and equipment to OEMs, material suppliers and end users.
“I am delighted to confirm our investment in the Xaar 3D Centre in Nottingham and our 3D team including the new group in Copenhagen,” said Neil Hopkinson, who heads the new team. “As we build our business in 3D it is vital that we have the in-house expertise to support our partners. The addition of the team in Denmark further extends our capability.”
Hopkinson, credited as the original inventor of High Speed Sintering technology (HSS), joined Xaar in March 2016 to develop the company’s 3D business. HSS uses inkjet printheads and infrared heaters to manufacture products layer by layer from polymer powder materials at much higher speeds than other additive manufacturing processes, and is viewed as an attractive solution for companies looking to use 3D printing in volume manufacturing.
“3D printing is an important part of our strategic plan to grow total group sales to £220 million by 2020,” added Doug Edwards, Xaar CEO. “Our investments in the Nottingham and Copenhagen teams will significantly expand our capability in this sector, enabling us to achieve our growth plans.”