Christmas might typically be a time for long-held traditions but in 2020, engineers, designers, and elves at CALLUM have looked to the future and created a tree decoration in zirconia ceramic with the latest 3D printing technology from Israeli firm XJet.
Thousands of inkjet nozzles simultaneously jet millions of ultra-fine drops to create unique Christmas tree decorations, pointing to further uses of the technology in the car.
Foregoing gold, frankincense, and myrrh, CALLUM specified zirconia to create a ‘speed form’ bauble of its Aston Martin CALLUM Vanquish 25 by R-Reforged. The pioneering process, which hits temperatures of 1250° Celsius during the sintering stage, uses multiple inkjet printing heads with thousands of tiny nozzles to simultaneously jet millions of ultrafine drops of both build and support materials in ultrathin layers.
This is the first time that XJet has used its zirconia 3D printing process to create a Christmas decoration. It is typically used for printing a variety of components for automotive, medical devices, electronics, and end-user parts in a variety of applications. Unlike other ceramic additive manufacturing methods, XJet offers complete real freedom of design thanks to its two-material direct inkjet printing of nanoparticles of ceramics, suspended in liquid, enabling designers to create forms and geometries that were previously impossible.
Creating this Vanquish taught us a lot about the design opportunities that 3D printed ceramics bring to future projects, both in automotive but also other design commissions we are developing. It’s the advent of a new generation of materials.CALLUM’s David Fairbairn
CALLUM is a design and engineering business creating bespoke and limited-edition products.
Launched in 2019, CALLUM is focused on design, lifestyle, and travel, taking on projects that intrigue, excite and tell a story. It is a collaboration of talented individuals with experience across art, audio, automotive, fashion, and motorsport brands.
Nimble and agile, CALLUM produces exquisite design supported by quality execution, with its 20,000ft2 Warwick facility housing the latest technology to deliver design, prototyping, machining and trim services.
Amongst its founding members is British designer Ian Callum CBE, admired for his prolific automotive work, which includes the Aston Martin Vanquish, Vantage and DB9, Jaguar F-Type, F-PACE, XJ and, most recently, the World Car of the Year Award-winning I-PACE, amongst others.
Note: Press release courtesy of CALLUM.