Vertex Manufacturing Partners with Xerox Elem Additive Solutions
Goal is to provide aluminum 3D printing to industrial customer base, companies report.
February 11, 2022
Xerox Elem Additive Solutions and industrial manufacturer Vertex Manufacturing announced an agreement to add the Xerox ElemX 3D printer to Vertex’s Cincinnati facility and begin offering contract manufacturing services with Xerox’s liquid metal capabilities.
The ElemX leverages Xerox’s liquid metal technology that uses aluminum wire and is deployed, requiring no special facility modifications for operation. Unlike many metal 3D printing technologies, the ElemX requires minimal post-processing and provides a faster time to part.
“Our business is committed to delivering products and services that meet or exceed our customers’ quality and schedule requirements,” says Tim Warden, vice president of sales & marketing at Vertex. “We decided to partner with Xerox because the ElemX technology gives us an added advantage to build parts faster and more reliably for our customers.”
The ElemX 3D Printer was commercially introduced in February 2021, and over the past year, Elem Additive Solutions has grown , including opening an Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Cary, NC. This contract manufacturing agreement with Vertex is a milestone for Xerox.
“The relationship with Vertex enables our Elem Additive business to scale and support our customers better than before,” says Tali Rosman, Elem Additive general manager and vice president at Xerox. “Between the two organizations, there are decades of experience in advanced manufacturing, so we are thrilled to push the limits of this technology together.”
ElemX is a simpler 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. ElemX is an applicable option for spares, repairs and low-volume production parts.
“ElemX takes all the benefits of 3D printing and makes it easier than ever before for manufacturers to use metal additive manufacturing,” says Rosman. “This is the next step in our journey, and we plan to continue advancing our vision for more resilient supply chains in 2022 working with partners like Vertex.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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