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Xaar partners with Materialise to support 3D inkjet equipment development

Industrial inkjet printheads developer Xaar has collaborated with Materialise to facilitate 3D inkjet equipment development.

Materialise's 3D print software will be included as a bundle option with Xaar's additive manufacturing development kit.

Materialise Magics and Materialise Build Processor will offer Xaar customers looking to develop their own inkjet enabled 3D printing equipment a ‘one-stop shop’.

Xaar’s development kit will include all the components required to build a prototype, and also offer the software solution to streamline the process.

Xaar3D Printing director Neil Hopkinson said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with 3D Printing software leader, Materialise, to deliver to our customers a fantastic and comprehensive development kit.

“Combining Xaar’s printing systems and Materialise’s software solutions gives our customers easy access to best-in-class complementary technologies and will undoubtedly allow for much easier and faster 3D printer development programs.”

Designed for additive manufacturing, the Materialise Magics data preparation software allows users to make their 3D models printable by mesh repair, advanced mesh editing, advanced mesh enhancement functions and more.

Capable of bridging gap between 3D software and inkjet 3D printing machines, the Materialise Standard Image Build Processor can seamlessly interfaces with Materialise Magics and transforms prepared 3D models to an inkjet machine specific data format.

Materialise OEM business line director Karel Brans said: “The bundling of Xaar’s printhead expertise and Materialise’s neutral software backbone will enable Xaar’s customers to get the most out of their inkjet machines.”

By allowing users to output multi-channel and multi-pass formats, the build processor will enable the user to build up complex print strategies.