So far focused on tooling and pattern making applications, Voxeljet has announced the release of its first 3D printing system based on its new High Speed Sintering (HSS) process.
Already a provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers for industrial and commercial customers, the new HSS process is said to enable the printing of parts with properties and qualities similar to Selective Laser Sintering, Multi Jet Fusion or injection moulding.
HSS will launch on its VX200 platform in November, promising a range of thermoplastic materials with varying properties, and has the same basis as voxeljet’s core technology, binder jetting.
HSS works by selectively jetting an infrared absorbing ink onto layers of plastic powder, with each layer is exposed to infrared light, which melts the powder to form functional plastic parts directly out of the machine.
Dr. Ingo Ederer, chief executive officer of Voxeljet, said: “Our new high speed sintering process will initially be launched on our VX200 platform.
“With that, we are excited to offer to our customers great flexibility regarding process and machine parameters, as both can be tailored by our customers to their specific needs. We offer the option of open sourcing for materials, as our customers can choose various testing and validation services from voxeljet. ProPrint, our new and modular printing software, is available in a full access development-kit, allowing for even greater customisation options.
“The availability and application of a wide range of 3D printable thermoplastic materials, including elastomers, makes this product line ideally suited for material suppliers, universities, and other institutions”.