What is high-speed sintering (HSS)?
A combination of ink-jet print-heads and infrared heaters, HSS is a rapid method for laying down polymer powders in layers to create 3D objects.
Xaar to grow its 3D printing prowess with Hopkinson appointment
Hopkinson, who joins the company in March this year, will lead a team focused on both the advancement of HSS technology and developing other 3D printing processes to help Xaar's OEM partners in this area.
"Industrial 3D printing is entering an important phase of maturation and I am excited to be joining Xaar at this critical time," states Hopkinson. "It is clear that ink-jet printing will be an important enabling technology as the 3D printing sector scales up to be an integral part of mainstream manufacturing.
"As a leading supplier to printing equipment manufacturers all over the world, Xaar is in a strong position to accelerate the adoption of HSS technology within a number of key applications."
"We are thrilled that Neil has agreed to join us," adds Dr Doug Edwards, chief executive of Xaar. "We are excited about the potential for HSS and other additive manufacturing technologies to expand Xaar's horizons and exploit new opportunities."
"We are proud of the achievements of Professor Hopkinson and his team and we welcome Xaar's investment to progress the commercialisation of this exciting technology," comments Professor Mike Hounslow, pro vice-chancellor for engineering at the University of Sheffield. "It's a fantastic example of how our research translates to industrial application and we look forward to continued engagement with Neil in his new role."