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Stratasys Acquires all shares of Xaar 3D to Accelerate Adoption of SAF™ Technology

Stratasys H350 3D printer with SAF™ technology
Above: The Stratasys H350 3D printer. The new system is designed for the production of thousands of parts/Image Credit: Stratasys

Stratasys Ltd., a leader in polymer 3D printing solutions, announced yesterday that it has acquired all remaining shares of Xaar 3D Ltd. from Xaar plc, accelerating the company’s growth of H Series™ Production Platform. Stratasys previously owned a 45% stake in Xaar 3D. Stratasys introduced the Stratasys H350™ 3D printer in April 2021, the first system powered by Xaar 3D’s powder-based SAF™ technology.

SAF™ technology-based 3D printers are the culmination of more than ten years of research and development, and are designed to deliver cost-competitive parts at production-level throughput. Since the announcement, the H350 has been successfully installed at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and various beta customer sites in Europe and the United States, with general availability expected by the end of this year.

H Series™ Production Platform Printers

H Series™ Production Platform
Above: Stratasys H350™ 3D printer, the first system powered by Xaar 3D’s powder-based SAF™ technology/Image Source: Stratasys

Printers in the H Series™ Production Platform, such as the H350, are designed to deliver part quality, consistency, and reliability, ensuring customer satisfaction and high production yield. The printers use SAF technology to execute key 3D printing steps in the same direction across the print bed to provide a uniform thermal experience – and thus part consistency – for all printed parts regardless of their placement in the build. This is a significant advancement over conventional powder-bed fusion processes.

“We are committed to being the leading provider of production-scale polymer 3D printing for our customers as additive manufacturing continues to transform industries around the world. The H350 printer and SAF technology are central to that mission, giving us a powerful platform for meeting the needs of customers in industries such as commercial goods, automotive, consumer goods, and consumer electronics. Customers tell us this technology’s consistent performance at higher volumes helps them grow their businesses and provides them a significant competitive advantage. We are excited to welcome the outstanding team of innovators from Xaar 3D to the Stratasys family.”

– Stratasys CEO Dr. Yoav Zeif

The H Series printers are also intended for use in production control. Using multiple on-board sensors, build data is logged for process traceability and is completely under the control of the customer. Materials can be controlled, tracked, and traced, and print settings can be customized to meet the needs of each customer.

“We formed Xaar 3D on the premise that we could help existing powder bed technology make a major leap forward, and that’s what’s happening thanks to SAF technology. We have been able to significantly improve thermal management for more consistent and reliable parts while giving customers the production control they need. As part of Stratasys, we will continue to rapidly advance H Series 3D printer development while leveraging Stratasys’ global go-to-market infrastructure and blue-chip customer relationships to enable more customers to benefit from SAF-powered additive manufacturing.”

– Ronen Cohen, General Manager of Xaar 3D Ltd.

The Xaar 3D team will join Stratasys to continue leading the development of the H Series platform and SAF technology.


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