Xolo, a start-up company based in Berlin, Germany introduces Xube, a new system that could be defines as the first commercially available volumetric 3D printer. However, this innovation is available for experimental basis to test possible applications of volumetric 3D printing called as Xolography.
According to German researchers who worked on this Xube system, expect that volumetric 3D printing is the next generation additive manufacturing. This new Xolography is a dual-color technique using photo switchable photo initiators inducing local polymerization inside a confirmed monomer volume.
In technical words, volumetric 3D printing requires to ‘hit’ different parts of the liquid resin at different times to recreate 3D image at once.
According to researchers from Xolo and two German universities worked on demonstrating this new concept with the Xube volumetric printer and is being designed to generate three-dimensional objects having complex structural features along with mechanical and optical function. This new technique has a resolution about ten times higher compared to state-of-the-art volumetric printing methods.
The researchers expert this technology to transform rapid volumetric production to macroscopic length scale.
Jordan Miller, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Co-founder at Volumetric, Inc said, “It is an extremely creative and innovative realization of dual-colour 3D photopolymerization. Their design is [such] that the blue light sheet is once scanned through the volume (this is their z-axis), sensitizing the reactant in a thin plane, but only during the changing red pattern (an XY image) that crosses there. Effectively the projection and thus the cured pattern changes in space even though you only have to project a single image at a time. On the name coining “Xolography” […] the authors’ state ‘The crossing (X) light beams generate the entire (holos) object using this printing process, hence the term Xolography.’ I like it.”