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System up and running at Youngstown Business Incubator

| Editor: Rosemarie Stahl

“We believe additive manufacturing can help businesses be more competitive and attract investment to the region,” says Barb Ewing, CEO, Youngstown Business Incubator.
“We believe additive manufacturing can help businesses be more competitive and attract investment to the region,” says Barb Ewing, CEO, Youngstown Business Incubator. (Source: X-Jet)

X-Jet has announced that the installation of an X-Jet Carmel 1400 AM System has been completed at Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI), Ohio. The system is planned to deliver high levels of detail and accuracy to ­researchers at Youngstown State University and the entrepreneurs at YBI.

Barb Ewing, CEO of Youngstown Business Incubator, states: “We believe additive manufacturing can help businesses be more competitive and attract investment to the region. Although there are still some issues commonly seen in additive manufacturing today, X-Jet technology solves many of them. First and foremost, the detail you get from the high resolution offered is outstanding. For many businesses, particularly in the healthcare sector, this could remove the final barrier to using this technology.”

The Carmel 1400 AM System uses the company’s patented Nano-Particle Jetting technology to print ultrafine layers of “inks”, enabling the production of ceramic and metal parts with the ease and versatility of inkjet printing. Parts produced on X-Jet systems enjoy superfine detail, smooth surfaces and high accuracy due to the unique printing process, the company states.

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“The nano-level particles in X-Jet technology afford us an opportunity to make extremely precise and detailed products that we’ve previously been unable to do,” adds Mike Hripko, Associate VP at Research Youngstown State University. “Now that we have the X-Jet equipment up and running, we anticipate a significant number of new business opportunities at Youngstown State University.”

Home to “America Makes”, the Youngstown Business Incubator is a leading university-associated incubator for businesses in Ohio. YBI supports the development of successful digital businesses, advancing women’s and minority entrepreneurship, and furthering advanced manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing. America Makes is the nation’s leading collaborative partner in advanced manufacturing and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation and innovation.

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The X-Jet Carmel 1400 AM System uses Nano-Particle Jetting to achieve complex geometries with superfine details, smooth surfaces and precise accuracy.
The X-Jet Carmel 1400 AM System uses Nano-Particle Jetting to achieve complex geometries with superfine details, smooth surfaces and precise accuracy. (Source: X-Jet)

Rob Gorham, Executive Director of America Makes, comments, “Our members are telling us they need alternative material solutions, they need alternative process solutions. We believe X-Jet brings tremendous capabilities to the membership. By delivering near-net-shape of parts, post-processing and final machining is reduced. It’s going to allow us to enhance some of the functionality that we can drive into the parts through advanced design technologies. Another challenge that the industry is facing is the lack of material choices. In terms of material options, the opportunities surrounding ceramics could be transformative in the industry.”

Installation of the Carmel 1400 AM System took place in January 2018 and went live within a day or two. “We were pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to get the piece of equipment installed. The team has been tremendously supportive and really worked through all of the issues so that it was truly a plug-and-play process for us,” says Ewing.

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Hanan Gothait, CEO and Founder of X-Jet, concludes, “We’re delighted to be working with such a progressive organisation as YBI. America Makes’ mission is a grand one, so we’re delighted to be a part of driving a new manufacturing era in Ohio with its rich history of traditional manufacturing. As the first installation in the U.S., it also represents a significant milestone for X-Jet as the region represents huge market potential for the business.”

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