Xerox Previews Latest 3D-Printing Technologies
Xerox recently previewed some of the 3D-printing technology it will be showing at the RAPID + TCT North American trade conference for additive manufacturing being held May 20 to 23 in Detroit, Michigan.
The firm says it’s leveraging its expertise in digital printing to polymer and metal 3D-printing technologies and will introduce new equipment, materials, services, and design tools to the market.
In February 2019, Xerox acquired Vader Systems, a small New York-based developer of 3D printing using low-cost welding wire versus the more expensive metal powders used by other companies. Xerox has also been outsourcing its 3D-printing technologies to other companies for several years.
Faster Parts Production
Xerox’s goal is for technology that enables customers to be able to get complex parts delivered faster.
It notes that when it comes to metal additive manufacturing, many of the options available fall short of the economics and technical capabilities required for large scale adoption.
In contrast, it says Xerox Liquid Metal Additive Manufacturing provides superior 3D solutions that enable users to shorten development cycles, reduce costs, and minimize post-processing times.
Multi-Nozzle Extrusion Technology
The firm says its multi-nozzle extruder is a 3D-printing technology that enables material extrusion products to print faster, with improved strength, all while maintaining part surface quality. It’s said to be a simple design that uses a set of nozzles – the more nozzles, the faster the speed – that can be turned on and off during the printing process to control print start and stop positions. This technology can also be made with larger nozzles to further increase its speed.
Advanced Material Solutions
According to the firm, polymer materials for additive manufacturing have widely been used for prototyping and modeling over the last few decades. However, it says there’s a growing need for materials that match production-part requirements and are consistent for machine and part reliability. Using its background and expertise in the design and manufacture of powders for digital production printing, Xerox says its Advanced Material Solutions for 3D printing offers a range of new polymer materials that are consistently reliable and designed with production specifications in mind.
3D Design Optimization Software
Additive manufacturing is set to transform how industry designs, customizes, and fabricates production parts. However, designs can often be difficult to make, and it’s common to see parts with key design features either missing or deformed, with these failures hard to predict.
Xerox says it’s solving these problems with next-generation software tools and digital workflows that will bring the same levels of efficiency and predictability to 3D printing, enabling better designs that meet functional requirements beyond the limits of human expertise. This software can also predict manufacturing failures and suggest design or process changes, giving designers the chance to correct problems quickly and affordably.
For more information on the RAPID + TCT conference, visit here.
- April 2019: Xerox Discusses First-Quarter Results, Lay-Offs, 3D Printing
- February 2019: Xerox Outlines Strategy for Entering 3D-Printing Manufacturing Market
- January 2019: Xerox: ‘Making the Un-Makeable: The Future of 3D Printing’