Industry and Aerospace
The use of ceramic and metal materials in industry make 3d printing applications in these materials most interesting for the Aviation and Aerospace.
Certainly ceramics and metals have a wide variety of interesting mechanical, electrical, chemical, thermal and magnetic applications.
Moreover their material properties allow them to be very hard wearing, high strength and dimensional stable (low coefficient of thermal expansion). In conjunction such material qualities when combined with the ability to manufacture parts with complex geometries is attractive to engineers. Even more so given it can be done fast and without the cost of tooling.
There are many other 3D printing applications for this industry including; Dies and punches, Nozzles, Microwave Filters, Antennas, Electronic Connectors, Electrical Insulators, Rotary Blades.
3D printing applications for ceramic materials is viable in the development & production of your customers parts for the investment casting process. Great examples include Ceramic cores and shells when produced in this way provide advantages such as:
- Increase complexity of parts without cost of tooling
- Easier to achieve more complex cores designs
- Flexibility of design
- Quick creation of new designs
- Better responsiveness and productivity
- Productivity increases
- Maintain the material properties as with traditional methods for wax and ceramics
- AM allows for greater control of the constraints applied to the application, for example, in core production.
More 3D printing applications for this industry include; wax patterns, crucibles filters, complex foundry cores and moulds.
Education and R&D Institutions
For Education and R&D 3D printing applications are endless. We have many customers doing some great work in this area. Consequently it is important we supply off-the-shelf and bespoke materials. These organisation's often require the ability to develop their own materials. Moreover our products are 'open platform' enabling customer material development programs and provide uninhibited R&D flexibility.
For more information please contact us so that we can discuss your R&D objectives so that we can support your activity.
It is without doubt 3D printing applications in healthcare have become a key area for development. In particular, one area of focus is in osterosteo-conduction and bone remodeling.
Calcium phosphates, such as hydroxyapatite or tricalcium phosphates, are the synthetic materials closest to bone. They are widely renowned in medical circles for their osteoconductive properties. Especially when the micropores size and porosity of interconnection are controlled. Due to the controlled porosity and being fully biocompatible they have minimal risk of rejection when implanted into the patient.
Other benefits include;
- Good mechanical properties
- Medium-term resorbable
- Easy to stock and work with
Intervertebral Cages, Cranial Implants, Jawbone implants, Orbital Floor, Tibial Osteotomy Wedges, Eye ball socket are some examples of 3D printing applications for this industry.
3D Jewellery and Luxury Goods
Additionally designers can utilise AM technology to explore new design opportunities; testing the level of detail and tolerances of a material whilst developing tactile forms and textures which are pleasing to the consumer.
For instance it allows for design validation and quick product development. Furthermore the use of zirconia and/or alumina in combination with diamonds, silver and/or gold. Refer to our case study below to see how.
Other 3D printing applications for this industry; Rings, pendants, sculptures.