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Silicon carbide filament 3D printing

Silicon carbide filament 3D printing

3D printing Silicon carbide (SiC) is a great way to produce complex shapes with this very special material. Indeed, 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. 3D printing with silicone carbide has been one of the late comers to the list of ceramics that can be printed.

However, now an engineer can create a CAD file, then easily 3D printed with a silicon carbide filament. As with all ceramics; Alumina, Zirconia and Silicon Carbide have fabulous material properties that are resistant to heat, chemical, electrical and physical wear.

Widely used in the ceramic field, Silicon carbide is a chemically inert and does not melt at any known temperature. Silicon carbide is used to produce parts widely in the electronics sector in particular for semi-conductor applications. Because it is an inert material, it is both a good thermal conductor and has a very low coefficient of thermal expansion..

3D printed alumina, zirconia, silicon carbide and moreover ceramic materials in general are available on all of our printers from an entry level desk top printer to one that can produce complex geometries in production volumes.

Silicon carbide (SiC) material properties

Silicon carbide filament and generally ceramics used in 3D printing share the material properties used in conventional processes. So you will see it is possible to have 3D printed zirconia, alumina and silicon carbide filament parts. Ceramics have the following properties;

  • Good mechanical strength
  • High hardness
  • Resistance to thermal shock
  • Very resistance to wear and high temperatures
  • 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.

Applications

The use of silicon carbide (SiC) to create parts can be used for many applications. Firstly, typical applications include, abrasive cutting tools, automobile parts, foundry cubicles, electrical and power systems and many more. 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.

In conclusion, silicon carbide filament allows our customers to produce ceramic parts. 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?

Silicon carbide filament part
Silicon carbide (SiC) filament part

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