Xerox has announced a move into metal 3D printing with the acquisition of New York-based start-up, Vader Systems.
The company hasn’t disclosed specific details on the deal, which was announced at Xerox 2019 Investor Day, but says it is aiming to tap into a total addressable market of 8 billion USD as part of its three-year innovation roadmap.
It also means the company is investing in Vader’s lucrative liquid metal jet printing technologies.
Xerox and Vader Systems declined to provide further details on the acquisition or the longer term strategy for 3D printing covered by Joanne Collins Smee and Steve Hoover during the investor day.
Janos Veres, the leader of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) Novel and Printed Electronics Program at Xerox, has stated that their work also extends to other Industry 4.0 technologies.
In addition to Vader’s metal technology, Xerox also stated it will be looking at the high speed plastics printing market with both plastics and metals expected to move into product commercialisation this year.
Step by step all major Printing companies are moving into 3D Printing, HP, Canon, Océ, Ricoh. But it is a bumpy road! 3D is NOT 2D with an additional dimension. It requires different knowledge, different software, post-processing and integration in factory lay-out etc.
We look forward how Xerox will move on in this fascinating industry.