High performance ceramic prototypes

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Research on additive manufacturing has also involved the world of ceramic materials to obtain high-performance prototypes. One of the various streams of this research investigated the possibility of using stereolithography (SLA) technology to obtain ceramic prototypes. In the course of a few years we have gone from small laboratory test machines to machines with good platform surfaces capable of coping with mass production and making prototypes with a good surface finish.

The process of obtaining ceramic prototypes

The process that generates these prototypes is a mix of AM technologies. After the creation of the 3D file suitable for printing the machine is started and thanks to the combination of the laser with the recoating system, the layering of the ceramic resin advances layer by layer. At the end of the construction, the prototype needs a first rough cleaning and then a last phase of debinding and sintering to eliminate the excess resin and complete the solidification of the ceramic. In this way the high performance of the materials is obtained.

The industrial sectors most interested in the high performance of ceramic material

The industrial sectors most interested and directly involved in ceramics AM technology for the high performance of the materials are aerospace, aeronautics and biomedical. Ceramic prototypes have properties such as great resistance to high temperatures, hardness, electrical insulation, thermal insulation, resistance to wear, abrasion and corrosion. they are very interesting for these sectors, let’s know why.

The ceramic prototypes in the aerospace and aeronautical world

The aerospace industry is constantly aiming at optimizing the performance of its equipment, and ceramic materials have outstanding physicochemical properties such as corrosion resistance, electrical insulation. Additive manufacturing finally makes it possible to create prototypes optimized in weight and geometry without the limits set by traditional technologies.

Ceramic prototypes in the chemical and telecommunications industry

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry, the telecommunications sector and advanced industry greatly appreciate the possibility of creating design products with highly preforming materials to reduce the response time of the tests required before the product is launched.

The ceramic prototypes in the biomedical sector

The biocompatibility of ceramic materials allows medicine and its practical applications the possibility of creating replacement bone implants, significantly reducing the risk of rejection or post-operative infections.

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