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Ceramic 3D printing service proves popular

Ceramic 3D printing service proves popular

3D print ceramic service or parts on demand for customers who require parts in hard wearing materials. Our 3D printers produce parts in many materials including standard plastics. In addition, 3D Matters will be able to assist when your requirement is a little more unusual! You may like to check out our ceramic or metal materials too!

We recently produced ceramic and gold hearts for the Valentine’s Series for London Fashion Week pictured below. For industrial application we combine wax and ceramics to be used in the investment casting process.

We can directly print parts in plastics, wax, alumina, zirconia, silicon carbide and in metals. For example Titanium, SS316L & H13. It is also worth considering the use of 3D printing for tooling. This tooling can be used for small batch volume products.

We are very happy for our customers to use this service. We are sure when you see the part quality you will see the competitive advantage of having our technology in-house. Learn more here about these technologies.

3D Matters was born from creative roots. Helping our customers with product development in the past. We have worked with creatives, engineers and product designers wanting customised, low volume products.

Recent technological developments are now the best way to turn ideas and designs into physical products. Our service is the most efficient way to support the R&D process when customers don’t have the appropriate facilities in-house. 3D Matters is primarily a technology hardware and materials provider. However, we do offer project support in the form of our FFF and SLA 3D printing service UK.

Ceramic Material Properties

Our printers 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;

These materials have the following properties;

  • Good mechanical strength
  • High hardness
  • Resistance to thermal shock
  • Very resistance to wear and high temperature
  • Good electrical insulation
  • Resistant to corrosion; liquids, gas and abrasion
  • Biocompatible
  • Review the properties of ceramic materials used in our printers by visiting our materials guide.

Application

We see many applications being produced with our 3D print service in ceramic. Typical applications include; aerospace, aviation, investment casting, electronical, optical, medical and luxury products.

A real Case Study

A great example of this is a company using a ceramic 3D printer for the development of their Venturi burner products. 3D printing a Venturi burner is the perfect example of a part which requires extreme temperature resistance with a ‘fresh’ design. Indeed, the shape of the venturi burner will determine the performance in the oven. The 3D printing process allows for greater freedom of design and allows for ‘all shapes and sizes’!

The cone design of the venturi burner determines the size of the flame and thus the temperature and the oven atmosphere. A broad cone triggers the perfect flame, whereas a narrow cone reduces it. Indeed, for heating equipment a venturi burner is an important feature. The ability to change the flame with a modern design is a real competitive advantage.

Ceramic or Metal

In the past ceramic has been more complicated to produce than steel. So ceramic was often not used for many applications even though it is the most suitable material. Indeed, this ceramic can cope with temperatures up to 1500°C.

Moreover, it’s wear and corrosion resistance is higher than that of metal, prolonging the useful life of the part. Importantly, the internal channels of a venturi burner are quite complex to produce using conventional ceramic manufacturing processes.

Thus, making a custom designed venturi burner in ceramic impossible without 3D printing. Now ceramic parts are no longer more complicated than other materials to produce. 3D printing makes it possible to print internal channels, hollowed out parts as well as overhangs. Moreover, by internalising the process, producing a part requires less than a week offering great flexibility to designers.

Above all we believe some parts made of metal would be better in a ceramic material. Certainly, it is likely these applications would benefit from ceramics. As a result, we often provide a better project where the material properties of ceramic have provided better results. This could help equally for your project.

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 provide the best 3D printers on the market. So we only work with the leading manufacturers of Additive Manufacturing. We are keen to work with customers to enhance and develop the 3D printing ceramics market.

In conclusion, we specialise in the design, printing and post processing of head wearing materials including ceramic and metals. Could a ceramic 3D printer be something your organisation needs? Could for example 3D printed zirconia and alumina filaments be an advantage to your next project?

We often have webinars planned so that we can share and demonstrate more about the technology. Feel free to register for future events on below.

Ceramic 3D printing service or parts on demand of complex geometry

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