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Advancing AM Post-Processing Efficiency Through Inkjet Solutions for High-Precision Production

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Post-processing stands as a pivotal stage determining the final quality, functionality, and aesthetic appeal of produced parts in the realm of Additive Manufacturing. However, the intricate and time-consuming nature of post-processing, particularly prevalent in powder-based AM solutions, often extends the overall lead time of production to month. In contrast, Inkjet AM, as a distinct category of AM technology, offers a compelling solution characterized by minimal post-processing requirements and uncompromised part quality, thereby enhancing production efficiency.

Key features of Inkjet AM for high-precision production, represented by XJet’s powderless solution:

1) Improved Quality with Reduced Effort: Leveraging NPJ (NanoParticle Jetting) inkjet technology, inkjet AM achieves exceptional accuracy and surface smoothness, substantially reducing the need for extensive post-processing interventions. Isotropic part shrinkage and high density also contribute to dimensional accuracy and structural integrity.
2) Faster Turnaround Time: Inkjet AM streamlines the production workflow to just three sequential steps: Print, Wash, and Sinter. Unlike conventional approaches that involve separate debinding and sintering stages, Inkjet AM integrates these processes, resulting in a shorter overall production timeline. This concise process significantly shortens the lead time of production to weeks, compared to traditional AM methods.
3) Lower energy consumption and better Environmental Benefits: XJet’s inkjet AM operates at comparatively lower sintering temperatures, around 1200°C, minimizing energy consumption and thermal stress on the printed parts, thus bringing sustainability benefits.

With this significant shift of paradigm of AM production by reducing post-processing requirements while maintaining stringent quality standards, production timelines for high-precision parts will be expedited, enhancing the overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness of additive manufacturing processes.