Ceramic 3D printing now available on your desktop.
It is now possible for anyone to manufacture fabulous parts with the unique material properties of ceramic, such as alumina and zirconia. There are many other ceramics to be used too, which you can discover below! It is now possible for you to join designers and engineers and use these materials as they do. This technology is being used for research and development of jewellery and general custom designed artifacts, all of which are benefiting from being printed with ceramic resin and filaments.
A number of processes can be used to create ceramic printed parts including FDM and SLA. Above all, if you are looking to invest in a ceramic printer we recommend you get a handle of what you require and which process best suits your needs, as each process has certain advantages. You could always utilise both technologies as some organisations do, to provide the most flexibility to overcome any engineering challenges they may face.
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 is 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.
A real Case Study
A great example of a project that used ceramic 3D printing is that of a company producing Venturi burners. Cermamic 3D printing a Venturi burner is the perfect example of a part which requires extreme temperature resistance and customisation. Indeed, the shape of the venturi burner will determine the performance in the oven.
Therefore, the cone angle of the venturi burner determines the size of the flame and thus the temperature and the oven atmosphere. A broad cone triggers an oxidizing flame, whereas a narrow cone produces a reducing flame. Indeed, for portable heating equipment a venturi burner is an intrinsic component. The ability to change the flames characteristic by customising the design with ceramic 3D printing is a real competitive advantage.
Ceramic or Metal
Being more complicated to produce by regular processes than steel, alumina is not often used for this application even though it is the most suitable material. Indeed, this ceramic can withstand 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 ceramic 3D printing. Alumina made parts are not 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.
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?