Xerox Partners With Rochester Institute of Technology to Advance Liquid Metal Additive Manufacturing

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  • ElemX installation at RIT will enable advanced material research with a focus on aerospace applications.
Xerox ElemX Liquid Metal Additive Manufacturing at the Brinkman Lab
Above: Xerox ElemX at the Brinkman Lab, located in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering/Image Source: Xerox

Xerox Elem Additive Solutions, AM provider offering end-to-end solutions to the industry’s most challenging problems, announced that the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) recently purchased and installed a Xerox® Elem™ 3D printer at their AMPrint Center in Henrietta, NY. The goal of the partnership is to advance the use and application of liquid metal additive manufacturing technologies. RIT indicated that the printer will be used in research and product development cooperation with manufacturers as they focus on next-generation metal 3D printing technologies.

“RIT has already been a great partner in helping to advance our liquid metal AM technology and we believe the installation of the ElemX at the AM Print Center will be important to further refine our solution. Partnering with advanced research facilities like RIT that collaborate with manufacturers will be key to scaling up the adoption of our technology within the industry.”

– Tali Rosman, GM of Elem Additive

ElemX – Liquid Metal Additive Manufacturing

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Above: The Xerox ElemX™ Liquid Metal Printer/Image Source: Xerox

ElemX is a safe and simple liquid metal additive manufacturing technology that addresses supply chain resiliency in transportation, aerospace, defence, and industrial manufacturing. Until now, the ability to consistently and reliably 3D print aluminium has posed a challenge to the market. ElemX, unlike other metal 3D printing technologies, does not use hazardous metal powders and does not require PPE or other significant safety measures. ElemX is the ideal choice for spares, repairs, and low-volume production parts because it was designed to simplify the supply chain process.

Denis Cormier, RIT’s AMPrint Center director and professor of industrial and systems engineering, is an expert in additive manufacturing technologies. Cormier is committed to leading the development of innovative 3D printing technologies that will have a significant impact on the manufacturing sector.

Cormier added, “Liquid metal AM is a technology poised to tackle on-demand production of replacement aluminum parts to minimize inventory costs. Collaborating with industry partners like Elem Additive is an important part of our work here at the AMPrint center to maximize the capabilities of AM technology. We believe the ElemX has the greatest potential for industrial growth and scalability.”

RIT has long worked with Xerox in the additive manufacturing (AM) sector, and was an early liquid metal AM adopter. The AMPrint Center’s faculty has extensive experience in metal additive manufacturing, with a primary focus on aerospace applications. The installation is the outcome of a successful industry-university partnership, and both sides will continue to collaborate to scale the ElemX for new commercial and industrial applications.

The ElemX installation at RIT’s AM Print Center expands on previous ElemX installations at the Naval Postgraduate School and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, two other advanced research facilities focused on increasing metal AM adoption in manufacturing.

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