Xerox Elem Additive Solutions Partners With RIT

Installation of ElemX at RIT will help advance material research with a focus on aerospace applications, organizations report.

Installation of ElemX at RIT will help advance material research with a focus on aerospace applications, organizations report.

Visitors to the Brinkman Lab, in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, saw demonstrations of the new Xerox ElemX 3D printer during the recent Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival in April. Image courtesy of Scott Hamilton, RIT/Photography.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) recently purchased and installed a Xerox Elem 3D printer at their AMPrint Center in Henrietta, NY. RIT will use the printer in collaborations with manufacturers for research and product development as they focus on next-generation metal 3D printing technologies, RIT reports.

RIT is a collaborator with Xerox in the additive manufacturing space, and an early liquid metal AM adopters. The AMPrint Center faculty have years of experience involving metal additive manufacturing focused on aerospace applications. The installation is the result of a industry-university collaboration and both parties will continue to work together to scale the ElemX for new commercial and industrial applications.

“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,” says Tali Rosman, GM of Elem Additive. “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.”

ElemX is a safe and simple metal 3D printing technology addressing supply chain resiliency for transportation, aerospace, defense and industrial manufacturing. There are no hazardous metal powders with ElemX and no need for PPE or other considerable safety measures. Engineered to bring simplicity to the supply chain process, ElemX is the ideal option for spares, repairs and low-volume production parts.

Denis Cormier, a professor of industrial and systems engineering and director of RIT’s AMPrint Center, addresses additive manufacturing technologies. Cormier helps lead development of 3D printing technologies that will impact the manufacturing sector.

“Liquid metal AM is a technology poised to tackle on-demand production of replacement aluminum parts to minimize inventory costs,” says Cormier. “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.”

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

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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