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voxeljet presents new VJET X technology for additive mass production of sand cores

New systems to be fully automated and integrated into casting lines

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voxeljet, a leading provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers and on-demand parts services, is now closer to presenting its new additive manufacturing technology. Dubbed VJET X, the new process and relative hardware is targeted at direct additive mass manufacturing (AMM) of sand cores for indirect additive mass manufacturing of metal parts.

VJET X technology by voxeljet Presently voxeljet is only sharing a concept drawing of the new systems but the technology will be presented to the public for the first time – together with voxeljet’s VX 1000-S – at the GIFA show in Germany. GIFA is the world’s leading trade fair for casting technology and takes place from 25 to 29 June 2019 in Duesseldorf, Germany.

VJET X technology for automotive serial production

Integrated into conventional casting lines, voxeljet believes that its new VJET X printers are going to be the most powerful additive manufacturing technology for the cost-efficient serial-production of complex sand cores for the casting of metal components. The new printers are 10x faster than previous models, which results in a layering speed of less than 5 seconds. The process uses inorganic binder system for zero emissions during core printing, storage and when using the sand cores in the casting process.

Aligning themselves with the overall vision for automated factories, the VJET X systems are going to be integrated into fully automated handling systems for pre- and post-processes, like loading and unloading of the 3D printers, cleaning of the printed parts via robotic systems and transporting of sand cores to casting lines.

A new process unit is at the heart of the VJET X process and makes additive mass manufacturing possible. It is a combination of multiple printing and recoating units which move with unparalleled speed (layer time below five seconds), possibly one of the most advanced technologies in the additive manufacturing industry today.

The new technology, to be first commercialized with a premium German car manufacturer and integrated into conventional casting lines, can be used in the additive mass manufacturing of complex water jacket cores in metal casting applications. Water jacket cores are used for precise temperature management in internal combustion engines as well as in electric motors, inverters and battery systems. Efficient temperature management improves overall vehicle performance.

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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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