3D Printing for Industries

Industry and Aerospace

Metals and Ceramics have a wide variety of mechanical properties including interesting mechanical, electrical, chemical, thermal and magnetic, making them very hard wearing, high strength and dimensional stable (low coefficient of thermal expansion). These material qualities combined with the ability to manufacture parts with complex geometries, fast and without the cost of tooling is attractive to engineers.

Other Applications for industry include; Dies and punches, Nozzles, Microwave Filters, Antennas, Electronic Connectors, Electrical Insulators, Rotary Blades.

Investment Casting

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is viable for the development & production of your customers parts in the investment casting process.

See below specific advantages this technology would have for your business.

• Increase complexity of parts without cost of tooling
• Easier to achieve more complex cores designs
• Flexibility of design
• Quick creation of new designs
• Better responsiveness and productivity
• Increased productivity
• Maintain the material properties as with traditional methods for wax and ceramics
• AM allows for greater control of the constraints applied to the application, for example, in core production.

Types of parts for this industry include; wax patterns, crucibles filters, complex foundry cores and moulds.

Education and R&D Institutions

Our OEM suppliers have developed off the shelf and bespoke materials. In some cases the customer will require the ability to develop their own materials and there is the ability to have 'open platform' capabilities to enable R&D activities to flourish.

For more information please contact us so that we can discuss your R&D objectives so that we can support your activity.

Biomedical

Additive manufacturing in healthcare focusing in the area of osterosteo-conduction and bone remodeling.

Calcium phosphates, such as hydroxyapatite or tricalcium phosphates, are the synthetic materials closest to bone. They are widely renowned in medical circles for their osteoconductive properties, especially when the macropores size and porosity of interconnection are controlled. They have minimal risk of rejection. Thanks to this controlled porosity, bone substitutes made by 3DCeram are fully biocompatible.

Other benefits include;

• Biocompatible
• Osteoconductor
• Good mechanical properties
• Medium-term resorbable
• Easy to stock
• Easy to work

Other applications for this industry include; Intervertebral Cages, Cranial Implants, Jawbone implants, Orbital Floor, Tibial Osteotomy Wedges, Eye ball socket.

3D Jewellery and Luxury Goods

Designers can utilise AM technology to explore new design opportunities; testing the level of detail and tolerances of a material whilst developing tactile forms and textures which are pleasing to the consumer. It allows for design validation and quick product development. The use of zirconia and/or alumina in combination with diamonds, silver and/or gold. Refer to our case study below to so how.

Other applications for this industry; Rings, pendants, sculptures.