Industrial ceramic 3D printer
Technically speaking, ceramics are solid materials, which are composed of metal, nonmetal or inorganic compounds composed of ions and covalent bonds. From this perspective, carbon and silicon can also be considered ceramics, which is important because many 3D printed ceramics sound more like metals because they are not from clay.
Today, ceramics are divided into two categories: classical ceramics made of natural materials (clay) and technical ceramics including other materials such as silicon, carbon and nitrogen.
Technical ceramics, also known as engineering ceramics and industrial ceramics, contain much more than classic ceramics because more products are created regularly as customized solutions for specific applications.
Some popular technical ceramics are aluminum nitride, zirconia, silicon nitride, silicon carbide and alumina. Compared with traditional ceramics, the mechanical properties, thermal properties, chemical properties and electrical properties of industrial ceramics have been significantly improved. Most 3D printing ceramics are technical, but extrusion based printing processes (discussed below) work mainly with classic ceramics.
What are the advantages of ceramic printing?
Ceramic 3D printing has the following characteristics. Compared with other materials, ceramic 3D printing is more aesthetic, tactile and superior in chemical resistance and biocompatibility. Therefore, ceramic 3D printing is often used in medical applications of 3D printing.
Ceramics also have good electrical insulation and high strength. All of these determine the unique position of ceramic materials in 3D printing.
The application of ceramics in many industries is very meaningful. 3D printing ceramics are rapidly replacing traditional ceramic parts.
It is understood that this equipment is developed based on the principle of LCs light cured ceramic sintering, which can print the curable slurry such as alumina, silica, zirconia and hydroxyapatite. The sintered sample has the excellent performance of high precision, high repeatability and the density equivalent to the traditional technology.
Compared with the traditional ceramic technology, 3D printing of ceramics can be quickly and small batch manufactured, saving time and labor; and it can infinitely construct complex inner cavity structures such as porous, shaped, thin-walled, etc., which makes up for the shortcomings of traditional ceramic manufacturing. It will be widely used in military, industrial, medical, aerospace and other fields. It will have a good application prospect in ceramic core, orthopedic substitute and catalytic converter, which will bring great changes to our life.