Yes indeed, in the UK there are companies who can 3D print Zirconia and Alumina and are using their skills for many applications. Above all, we have the support and technology so you can too! Key to this is matching the best technology with the client’s primary application, and it is therefore important we can provide a number of unique technologies; an entry level 3D printer and a range of products capable of manufacturing volumes. This technology allows many ceramic and metal materials to be printed such as; Alumina, Zirconia, Silicore, Silicon Carbide and Cordierite, as well as many more. We provide training so Operators can become experts in the 3D printing process. It is important we offer additive manufacturing technology adapted to the specific client application requirements, for example; ceramic core’s are a sacrificial part used as a negative to create a hollow within an Investment Casting.
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
- Review the material properties of ceramics used in our printers by visiting our materials guide.
So what type of things are companies who can 3D print zirconia and alumina printing? 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 hard-wearing materials including ceramic and metals. Could the materials properties of ceramic be an advantage to your next project? If you would like to be one of the companies who can print zirconia and alumina make contact below.