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Professor Neil Hopkinson joins Xaar’s 3D business

Professor Neil Hopkinson joins Xaar’s 3D business

Xaar has appointed Professor Neil Hopkinson to the new position of Director of 3D Printing, a role which will require him to build a world-class team to continue the development of HSS technology, as well as other additive manufacturing processes.

Professor Hopkinson, who will join Xaar during March 2016, is the original inventor of the transformational High Speed Sintering (HSS) technology. He brings 19 years’ experience in additive manufacturing technology gained at the University of Sheffield, Loughborough University, De Montfort University, 3D Systems and the University of Nottingham.

The new team’s focus will be to accelerate the success of Xaar’s OEM partners in the exciting area of additive manufacturing.  HSS is a revolutionary technology that uses inkjet printheads and infrared heaters to manufacture products layer by layer, from polymer powder materials, at much higher speeds than other additive manufacturing processes.

Professor Hopkinson has already achieved significant success leading the Innovate UK funded Factum Project.  This three year project, which concludes in 2016, was set up to develop supply chain and full scale production capabilities for novel additive manufacturing technologies for application in major industrial sectors within the UK economy through three key partners; Unilever (FMCG), BAE Systems (Aerospace) and Cobham Technical Services (Space and Communications). Xaar’s role, which is integral to this project, has focused on optimising the performance of specialist third party fluids in combination with its market leading printheads.

Commenting on his new role, Professor Hopkinson said: “Industrial 3D printing is entering an important phase of maturation and I am excited to be joining Xaar at this critical time.  It is clear that inkjet 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”.

The University of Sheffield, where Neil and the Factum Project have been based for the last few years, continues to lead the UK in the research and development of additive and advanced manufacturing processes.


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