Austrian 3D printing company Lithoz recently installed its latest models at Dalhousie University in Canada. These are the first examples of the CeraMax Vario V900 with Laser-Induced Slipcasting technology and the CeraFab Multi 2M30 for multi-material printing on North American soil.
The innovative LIS process of the CeraMax V900 allows large, thick-walled and fully dense ceramic parts to be engineered. It also enables the processing of dark ceramics such as silicon carbide, which offer desirable properties in demanding applications. Dalhousie will use LIS technology to further advance research and development of silicon nitride, titanium carbide and silicon carbide.
LIS is the first 3D printing technology to provide the necessary high resolutions and ease of processing for carbide materials. By eliminating costly debindering, parts can be produced quickly and accurately. As the only technology for sintered silicon carbide, LIS is a breakthrough for dark ceramics manufacturers.
The CeraFab Multi 2M30 allows Dalhousie to combine ceramics and metal in one part and embed electrical circuits in ceramic components. Further development of piezoceramics is expected to advance the industrial use of metal 3D printing.
Thanks to a $9 million grant, Dalhousie can use the Lithoz printers to open up entirely new fields of research. According to Professor Kevin Plucknett, Dalhousie is thus developing into a center for 3D printing technologies from which impulses can emanate for all of North America. The active support of Lithoz as a partner should help to exploit the potential to the full.