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Ceramaret acquires XJet Carmel 1400C AM System

The Swiss ceramic powerhouse is looking to strengthen its precision manufacturing business

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Ceramaret, a renowned technical ceramic manufacturer based in Switzerland, has acquired an XJet Carmel 1400C Additive Manufacturing system from Israeli company XJet. Ceramaret’s investment followed an intensive benchmarking process driven by the verdict that XJet’s NanoParticle Jetting process could produce parts the team had previously deemed not possible.

“XJet technology will provide us with new capabilities, new geometries we can offer our customers, whilst also delivering exceptional time-to-market. Taking 72 hours from a new file to a finished part, it’s an extremely fast process,” said Senad Hasanovic, Ceramaret VP of Innovation, adding: “However, it was the quality and global cost-per-part that really impressed me, demonstrating that this was an industrially competitive solution.”

Technical ceramics powerhouse Ceramaret acquires XJet Carmel 1400C AM System looking to strengthen its precision manufacturing business
Colored ceramics 3D printed parts from XJet

Masters of the whole ceramic production process, from design and prototyping to the mass production of high-precision advanced ceramic parts, the Ceramaret team regularly benchmarks technologies from across the industry.

“We couldn’t ignore XJet’s remarkable capabilities after that process, the applications XJet will open up for Ceramaret are remarkable,” Hasanovic enthuses. “We saw parts that are beyond the reach of any other production method. In particular, there were parts with internal shapes or channels down to 300 microns in diameter and near 300mm long, which either cannot be produced in a single piece or cannot be produced in bulk with our existing techniques.”

Since then, Ceramaret has collaborated with XJet to test an impressive 30 distinct products with around 300-400 manufactured parts. Hasanovic and his team also visited XJet’s state-of-the-art Additive Manufacturing Center in Rehovot, Israel, witnessing the entire production process firsthand.

Hasanovic commented on the analysis: “We scrutinized each of the test parts, polishing them and checking their structural integrity, their porosity, functionality and more. These investigations convinced us that the parts would meet the needs of our customers and add value to the manufacturing services we offer.”

Andy Middleton, XJet Vice President Europe, reinforced this sentiment: “Ceramaret is known across numerous industries for its expertise in every aspect of ceramic production, so their decision to embrace XJet’s technology underscores its quality and value.”

Technical ceramics powerhouse Ceramaret acquires XJet Carmel 1400C AM System looking to strengthen its precision manufacturing business

He added, “Achieving near-net-shape is a proficiency Ceramaret particularly prides itself on. As does XJet. Our technology achieves it through a combination of unique capabilities, from NanoParticle Jetting to our post-processing steps, whether geometries are simple or complex.”

XJet uses nano particles to deliver extremely fine detail and accuracy. Meanwhile, the production of internal cavities or channels – typically a labor-intensive post-processing challenge or sometimes an unattainable feat with other technologies – is rendered straightforward with XJet’s proprietary soluble support material, which simply dissolves away. Hasanovic describes XJet post-processing as “a repeatable, stable, industrial-grade process that we feel already familiar with.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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