Xaar appoints university professor to 3D printing team

Industrial inkjet technology firm Xaar has appointed Professor Neil Hopkinson to a new role as director of 3D Printing. 

Xaar Neil Hopkinson

Hopkinson is due to join Xaar in March 2016, is the original inventor of the transformational High Speed Sintering (HSS) technology.

He has 19 years’ experience in additive manufacturing technology in various universities.

Hopkinson will build a world-class team to continue the development of HSS technology as well as other additive manufacturing processes.

HSS technology uses inkjet printheads and infrared heaters to manufacture products layer by layer from polymer powder materials at higher speeds than other additive manufacturing processes.

Hopkinson lead the Innovate UK funded Factum Project, 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).

“Industrial 3D printing is entering an important phase of maturation and I am excited to be joining Xaar at this critical time”, he said. “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.”