3D Printing. Ceramic.

3D Printing in SLA Ceramic

3D Printing in our Ceramic materials gives your designs excellent temperature resistance, high strength and low conductivity.

Another recent addition to our 'Strong & Durable' and 'Fine Detail' service, our Ceramic 3D printing service gives you an ideal material where you need Strength, Smooth surface finish and excellent temperature resistance. Designs produced in Ceramic can have fine detail and the off white colour enhances temperature resistance when exposed to local heat sources.

We give you two ceramic options, our original Ceramic infused SLA and true real technical ceramics in Zirconia and Alumina. 

Neither processes require kiln firing. 

Ceramic infused resin (SLA)

Our original Ceramic 3D Printing service, based on laser curing a Ceramic infused resin material via the Stereolithography (SLA) process. The base liquid resin is cured layer by layer by a laser. Each layer is 100 micron thick and gives a nice smooth surface finish.  We recommend that wall thickness or features in your design should be in excess of 0.5mm to ensure integrity.

High Temperature Resistance.

Our Ceramic SLA 3D printing sits on both our 'Strong and Durable' and 'Fine Detail' services on account of parts being strong yet capable of resolving features down to 0.5mm. Stand out properties include a high temperature resistance and large build volume.  To summarise, 3D Printed Ceramic gives your designs:

  • High temperature resistance of 132ºC (268ºC after an optional thermal postcure.)
  • Smooth surface finish.
  • Excellent aesthetics in a 'White' colour.
  • Fine individual details and wall thicknesses down to 0.5mm.
  • High levels of accuracy & dimensional stability.
  • Strength & Durability with robust material properties.
  • Electrical properties include very low conductivity.
  • Brake away support technology.  

Applications

Include designs required to work in close proximity to localised heat sources such as lasers, or to produce complex wave guide or antenna substrate designs for full or selective metalization. Motorsport teams utilize SLA Ceramic for producing wind tunnel test parts. 

Technical Ceramics. Zirconia and Alumina

New. Advanced true ceramic materials, 3d printing in Zirconia ZrO2 and Alumina. Our process gives you high resolution and fine detail. The adaptive 10um to 100um layer height gives your parts smooth surface finish.  

Your designs are fabricated by 3d printing 'Green' parts layer by layer using a binder jetting process. These parts then 'de bound' and sintered.   STEP files are required for quotation and production.

Our Techincal Ceramics give you:

  • High Temperature Resistance (1000 °C+)
  • High wear resistance
  • Extreme Hardness
  • Superb Chemical resistance. 
  • Excellent thermal and electrical insulation properties. 
  • Biocompatible and food safe.  

Applications:

Properties from Technical Ceramics make them a good fit for a wide range of research and development applications including EV Automotive, Experimental Laboratory equipment, medical devices and mechanical bearing applications. 

Build times and pricing currently make them most appropriate for high value specialist projects rather then series production.

Ceramic Material Properties.

Key properties for our Ceramic 3D Printed materials.

SLA Ceramic :

  • SLA ceramic material built in 0.1mm layers.
  • Temperature Resistance of 132°c.   (270°c)  HDT
  • Density 1.7 g/cm³
  • Tensile Modulus 10500Mpa  (9800Mpa)
  • Tensile Strength 68Mpa (80Mpa)
  • Elongation at Break 1.1% (1.2%)
  • Typical accuracy +/- 0.2mm depending on design, geometry and build orientation.
  • Build Area - 500 x 500 x 590mm
  • Break away support structure.
  • Figures in brackets after a Thermal Postcure. Cost option, please request pricing) - Revised 6th December 2018. 

 

Zirconia (ZrO2):

  • True Technical Ceramic
  • Temperature Resistance:  1000°C+
  • Coefficient of Thermal Expansion: 10*10^-6 [1/K]
  • Density 6.05 g\cm3
  • Hardness 15 GPa
  • Flexural Strength: 930Mpa
  • Surface Roughness: Ra 0.6

Alumina (Al2O3):

  • True Technical Ceramic
  • Temperature Resistance:  1000°C+
  • Coefficient of Thermal Expansion: 8*10^-6 [1/K]
  • Density 3.96 g\cm3
  • Hardness 14 GPa
  • Flexural Strength: 430Mpa
  • Surface Roughness: Ra 0.9

3D Printed Zirconia and Alumina Datasheet \ Design guide. 

Ceramic 3d printing.

Ceramic nozzle, 3D printed for a factory production line application.

Ceramic nozzle, 3D printed for a factory production line application.

The design pictured was 3d printed in our ceramic material to take advantage of it's superior temperature resistance. The part delivers cooling air but works in very close proximity to a high temperature laser. The off white color means helps manage ambient in the environment.

3D Printed Ceramic Wave Guide.

3D Printed Ceramic Wave Guide.

Our Ceramic material offers excellent electrical properties for use as a substrate in wave guide applications, in the microwave spectrum of frequencies.

3D Printed Antenna in our Ceramic material.

3D Printed Antenna in our Ceramic material.

Along with desirable electrical properties, our Ceramic material gives a smooth surface finish for metalisation processes.

Ceramic nozzle, 3D printed for a factory production line application.   3D Printed Ceramic Wave Guide. 3D Printed Antenna in our Ceramic material.

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What our customers say about our 3d printing service

"We have received the impellers and we are very impressed with the quality of the printed parts. Thanks for your help with this order, I’m sure we will be in touch again in the future."

Ian, Design Engineering Team Leader.

August 2017

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