Xaar expands 3D business with Nottingham centre

Xaar officially opens Nottingham 3D printing facility
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Xaar, the Cambridge-headquartered designer and manufacturer of print heads, is set to open its new Xaar 3D Centre in Nottingham.

The new facility, which is due to open in January 2017, will deliver 3D printing services and equipment to OEMs, material suppliers and end users.

The centre and new 3D team (headed up by Professor Neil Hopkinson) is part of Xaar’s 2020 strategic vision, the company said.

Professor Hopkinson, the original inventor of the transformational High Speed Sintering technology (HSS), joined Xaar in March 2016 to develop the Company’s 3D business.

HSS is a technology which 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.

Since joining, Hopkinson has been building his 3D team and earlier this year appointed project managers and 3D engineers who are now based at the Xaar 3D Centre.

The team in Nottingham will focus on development of materials and applications with an impressive range of global brand partners.

Hopkinson said: “I am delighted to confirm our investment in the Xaar 3D Centre in Nottingham and our 3D team including the new group in Copenhagen.

“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”.

Doug Edwards, Xaar’s CEO, added: “3D Printing is an important part of our strategic plan to grow total Group sales to £220 million by 2020. Our investments in the Nottingham and Copenhagen teams will significantly expand our capability in this sector, enabling us to achieve our growth plans.”