XJet Ltd., Rehovot, Israel, has appointed Prof Dan Shechtman to lead its Scientific Advisory Board. Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of quasicrystals, Shechtman’s role will be to help steer XJet’s material and application development roadmap.
With his broad knowledge of scientific challenges and innovation, he is expected to help guide pioneering applications, materials and the way materials are used in XJet’s proprietary XJet NanoParticle Jetting™ (NPJ) technolog.
“I’ve long been fascinated with Additive Manufacturing and the way it enables innovation and turns many concepts on their head,” Prof Shechtman stated. “I feel there’s still a huge untapped potential for pushing this technology, through the materials. XJet’s NPJ technology grabbed my heart, mind and imagination and is particularly intriguing to me. Because it jets a liquid, in tiny droplets, it allows for innovation to surpass the level of a single material and involve new mixtures and complex structures.”
“My vision for NanoParticle Jetting technology is to solve ‘impossible’ manufacturing challenges,” explained Hanan Gothait, XJet CEO. “We look at existing manufacturing methods and we are bringing Additive Manufacturing solutions that deliver time and cost efficiencies, but we do much more than that. We are enabling innovation and the creation of things that have, up to now, not been possible. This is fascinating and exactly why the appointment of Professor Shechtman to the XJet team is so momentous.”
Gothait added that XJet has already seen customers adopting its NPJ technology to overcome challenges that were seemingly unsolvable:
“The University of Delaware and Marvel Medtech had both developed devices that they knew could provide trailblazing advances in their respective fields of 5G antennae and breast cancer treatment,” he stated, “but they just couldn’t find manufacturing methods that would deliver the functions they needed, be it smooth, accurate internal channels, or the right material properties for directing waves. XJet NanoParticle Jetting has delivered a new and unique method of manufacturing that will allow them to make their designs a reality.
“Clearly, when we were developing NanoParticle Jetting technology, we couldn’t foresee these exact applications, we only thought we might have an impact on some industries. With Professor Shechtman’s expertise and understanding of science, chemistry and its challenges, and his approach to innovation, I can only start dreaming of what else we can achieve,” he concluded.