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What is ceramic 3D printing?

What is ceramic 3D printing?

Ceramic 3D printing is the processes of depositing ceramic material layer by layer. Above all, anyone can now form a complex shape. With the development of 3D printing technologies users have greater design options and are able to create otherwise impossible geometries.

A number of processes can be used to create ceramic powder into printed parts. Traditionally injection molding or machining was used. However 3D printing allows for more complex parts to be produced by printing layers of ceramic one layer at a time until you have the final product. Ceramic 3D printers use a number of different processes. These include FFF, SLA and binder jetting. 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 printed parts
Ceramic 3D Printing

Material Properties

A Ceramic 3D printer uses the same materials used in conventional process. So you will see it is possible to create parts in for example alumina, zirconia, silicon carbide, 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
  • Biocompatible
  • Review the properties of ceramic materials used in our printers by visiting our materials guide.
Applications

Firstly, typical applications for ceramic 3D printing 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 for ceramic 3D printing. It is for this reason that we are proud to work with the leading manufacturers of Additive Manufacturing equipment.

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?

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