Berlin-based 3D printing start-up Quantica announces the T1 Pro 3D printer, the world’s first printhead and printing system capable of jetting and combining multiple ultra high performance resins with voxel level control, in order to print multi-colored, multi strength and multi functional 3D applications, all-in-one.
Quantica also announces that former CTO at Xaar, Ramon Borrell, has joined the Quantica team as Chief Technical Officer.
The paradigm-shifting printing technology, leveraging on Quantica's proprietary printhead technology developed over the past four years, can process resins up to 15 times more viscous than what is used in current multi material jetting systems. Inkjet 3D printing has previously mostly been an expensive prototyping or modelling technology, partly due to material constraints coming from the printheads. With the novel printhead architecture, Quantica has proven the ability to print SLA/DLP resins with functional characteristics - combining the resins in single-production workflows. This opens the door to multi material end parts and manufacturing use cases not accessible to any other technology on the market today.
In parallel to printhead development, Quantica developed in-house a full printing system that is now available as an Application and Material Development Printer for researchers and industrial R&D teams targeting extreme viscosity multi material applications. The system is on display at Formnext.
The Quantica team has already proven the technology with printed combinations of Class II medical device materials approved for permanent in mouth use, and signed a Joint Development Agreement with a leading dental company. The program will deliver a full 3D printing system complete with materials, software and user friendly interfaces for manufacturing of permanent dental applications combining up to six materials.
Quantica is now looking for partners across all sectors to further explore applications for the next frontier of material jetting and is offering their experimental printing system in a limited number to qualified researchers and R&D departments.
“Inkjet has long been adopted for traditional industrial printing of 2D applications. Our ambition is also to deploy the technology in high volume applications, where it adds meaningful value. To be a platform for many players to produce meaningfully, we want the right partners to be involved in developing the toolbox, and we are looking for more industrial partners to explore this”, says CEO Claus Moseholm.
Apart from the new, ground breaking technology Quantica is also proud to announce the addition of industry expert Ramon Borrell as Quantica’s CTO. Mr. Borell has 28 years of inkjet and industrial printing system experience, first 14 years at HP and then 14 years as CTO at Xaar, adding both acclaimed knowledge and strong leadership to the team.
“Having been working as an inkjet technology strategy consultant for Quantica for six months I became increasingly convinced of the enormous transformative potential of their technology. Despite competing with other extremely interesting proposals from much larger and resourceful companies, Quantica’s case won due the attractive technical and business challenges, the dynamism and entrepreneurial culture of the company, and the possibility to belong to the next major growth adventure in inkjet”, says CTO Ramon Borrell.
Quantica aims to eventually commercialize the printhead in an operator-ready desktop ecosystem, which will be backed by industry-leading software and collaboratively developed materials that will accelerate potential applications and market development.