Industrial | Defense/Aerospace | Research and Development
Turnkey System – Vader Liquid Metal 3D Printer
MagnetoJet Preconfigured Subsystem – for Integration into Hybrid Manufacturing
Vaderite™ – Small Batch Powder System
Vader Systems Liquid Metal 3D Printer Features & Benefits
Material Yield 98%+
Minimal material waste
Ease of Material Sourcing
Easily and locally sourced materials
Aluminum and its alloys, Bronze
(4008, 4043, 6061, 7075)
Safe Material Handling
Material handling, storage and manufacturing
Scalable to Larger Parts
Technology fully scalable
Speed vs Powder Bed Fusion
At Least 2x Faster
Part cost vs Powder Bed Fusion
Up to 90% Reduction
Safer Operating Conditions
Eliminates safety concerns associated with powder-based systems
Lower Energy Costs
Energy cost per printed part is extremely low
Derived from waste reduction and cost savings
The Vader System
The Vader System represents a revolutionary advance in 3D printing — bringing to life new possibilities for metal additive manufacturing. Centered on our patented MagnetoJet™ technology, the Vader System propels liquefied metal from a 1200°C chamber encased in an electromagnetic field through print nozzles similar to an inkjet printer — allowing full control of the Earth’s most abundant metal, aluminum. Its reliance on wire feedstock rather than powders allows the Vader System to offer significantly reduced operating expenses and dramatically reduced time for near net shape parts. This remarkable step in technology is delivered through a state of the art touchscreen user interface, with access to all process parameters.
12” x 12” x 12”
(300 mm x 300 mm x 300 mm)
Up to 1 lb/hr based on application
150 to 500 micron
Vader’s patented MagnetoJet™ technology is based on the study of Magneto Hydro Dynamics (MHD), or more simply: the manipulation of liquid metal through magnetism. MagnetoJet’s extraordinary physics are accomplished by depositing Aluminum wire into an 1200°C ceramic chamber, where it is influenced into a molten state. This molten media is then electromagnetically pulsed – causing a droplet to form and eject with precision from a carefully crafted ceramic nozzle.
The Vader System delivers 1000 droplets per second with micron level accuracy, while doubling the speed of conventional 3D powder bed metal printers. Aluminum was an intentional first step, but MagnetoJet will evolve to printing additional conductive metals and potentially thousands of printing heads within one machine.
The next evolution—will contain 10 printing heads and produce parts 30x faster than the Vader System. Once this is realized, metallic design and manufacturing will be exponentially impacted across all industries.
Necessity… the mother of invention. – Plato
Quickly realizing that engineering school would not get interesting until his senior year in college, Zack Vader decided not to waste any time and began his life’s work in 2011 at the age of 18. His initial efforts culminated in the design of a micro-gas turbine generator. As he thought through the business case, he concluded that no one had produced something similar due to prohibitive manufacturing costs. In realizing that cost efficiency was on the critical path, Zack explored creating the turbine utilizing a cutting edge technology – 3D Metal Printing.
His creativity and ambition caught the attention of his father (Scott), who began to see the possibilities within Zack’s imaginative work. A 3D printing pioneer within the fiberglass industry, Scott found enjoyment in helping his son, and they utilized the latest turbine Computer Aided Design and Finite Element Analysis software to create a product that could potentially change the world.
After an extensive search, the father and son team located one provider of 3D Metal Printing within in the US, and upon learning about Vader’s product, the company quickly became an enthusiastic partner. Shortly before the first turbine was to enter production, General Electric acquired the 3D printing company and all outside capacity was taken offline. Discouraged, but still inspired, Scott and Zack went searching for another source. Zack and Scott’s necessity of finding a 3D Metal Printing supplier – and the lack of any viable options – led them to the idea of developing their own version.
It was at this time that Zack identified and merged two complimenting technologies for a new printer: Magneto Hydro Dynamics (MHD) & Liquid Metal Jet Printing (LMJP). Through this melding of MHD and LMJP, the MagnetoJet was born.
Beyond overseeing the innovation process at Vader, Scott’s career has led him to be a recognized expert in the additive composite manufacturing industry. He ran US operations for a large Canadian manufacturer and was responsible for all facets of the US business, including many engineering innovations. He has pioneered many virtual prototyping, CAE, CFD methods to generate industry-leading time to market for industrial products.
Chief Innovation Officer
From development of road skis, to IED blast injury prevention helmets, to liquid-cooled high performance gaming computers, Zack has a voracious drive to solve problems and improve the world. In designing a micro-gas turbine generator, Zack realized that the lack of accessible, low cost metal additive manufacturing technology was the major challenge to current industrial innovation. His vision of jet printing molten metals using MHD propulsion led to the inception of Vader Systems.
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