Manufacturer of piezo-based drop-on-demand inkjet technologies Xaar and AM company Stratasys created Xaar 3D Ltd in 2018, a company that aims to develop 3D printing solutions based on High Speed Sintering technologies. Two years ago, Stratasys increased ownership to 45%, eyeing this way complete acquisition of the start-up.
Yesterday, both firms confirmed that Stratasys has acquired all remaining shares of Xaar 3D Ltd, making Xaar 3D, a Stratasys company.
“We formed Xaar 3D on the premise that we could help existing powder bed technology make a major leap forward, and that’s what’s happening thanks to SAF technology,” said Ronen Cohen, General Manager of Xaar 3D Ltd. “We have been able to significantly improve thermal management for more consistent and reliable parts while giving customers the production control they need. As part of Stratasys, we will continue to rapidly advance H Series 3D printer development while leveraging Stratasys’ global go-to-market infrastructure and blue-chip customer relationships to enable more customers to benefit from SAF-powered additive manufacturing.”
The H Series 3D printer development
Remember that one of the 3D printers Stratasys revealed in April 2021 was the H350™ 3D printer. The system is powered by Xaar 3D’s powder-based SAF™ technology and is “designed to deliver cost-competitive parts at production-level throughput.”
Stratasys explains in a press communication that “using SAF technology, the H Series™ Production Platform executes key 3D printing steps in the same direction across the print bed to provide a uniform thermal experience – and therefore part consistency – for all printed parts regardless of their placement in the build. This represents a significant improvement over traditional powder-bed fusion processes. H Series printers are also designed for production control. Leveraging multiple on-board sensors, build data is logged for process traceability and remains fully under customer control. Materials can be controlled, tracked, and traced, and print settings can be fine-tuned for each customer’s needs.”
Since the announcement, the H350 has been successfully installed at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and various beta customer sites in Europe and the U.S., with general availability expected before the end of this year.
The Xaar 3D team will join Stratasys to continue the development of the H Series platform and SAF technology.
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