3D printing with zirconia and alumina parts? – not until recently. It has been possible for sometime for engineers and designers to create complex shapes and parts with fine details and utilise a 3D printer to manufacture them. Previously, there where greater restrictions on what could be manufactured with traditional forming processes. There have also been a lack of suitable hard-wearing materials for use on a 3D printer. However, now an engineer can create a CAD file, then easily 3D printed in ceramic materials. As with all ceramics; Zirconia and Alumina have fabulous material properties that are resistant to heat, chemical, electrical and physical wear.
3D printing zirconia and alumina is available on all of our printers from an entry level desk top printer to one that can produce complex geometries in production volumes.
Ceramic 3D printing can use the same materials used in conventional process. So you will see it is possible to create parts in alumina, zirconia, silicon nitride which have the following properties;
- Good mechanical strength
- High hardness
- Resistance to thermal shock
- Very resistance to wear
- Good electrical insulation
- Resistant to corrosion; liquids, gas and abrasion
- Get the material properties of ceramic here.
Firstly, typical applications include, aerospace, aviation, investment casting, electronic, optical, medical and luxury markets. Secondly and most controversially, ceramic materials should replace many parts made of metal. Certainly, we believe it is likely these applications would benefit from the material properties of technical ceramics. In short, if you would like to discuss a project where the material properties of ceramic could help please get in touch.
3D Matters have searched the market for the best fully functional and proven capable technologies. It is for this reason that we are proud to work with the leading manufacturers of Additive Manufacturing equipment and as a result partner with 3D Ceram and Nanoe.
In conclusion, we specialise in the design, printing and post processing of head wearing materials including ceramic and metals. Could the materials properties of ceramic be an advantage to your next project?