Additive manufacturing (AM) has made revolutionary changes since its inception a few decades ago and is now gaining traction in the ceramics industry. Benefits include reduced product development timescales and costs, the ability to make small quantities and short runs of specialities, as well as increased design freedom—complex parts are as easy to produce as simple ones, and an array of design iterations are possible through the elimination of tooling and short production times.
AM has been changing the way products are designed and made in a plethora of markets with numerous materials, it is now time for the Ceramics market to start enjoying it.
The potential of additive manufacturing in technical ceramics is clearly vast, which is why we created a special focus on the discipline at ceramitec 2018.
Several leading companies offering AM solutions for the ceramics market were exhibiting at ceramitec 2018 including XJet, our first ever exhibitor from the ‘start-up nation’ Israel, Lihoz GmbH form Austria, WZR ceramic solutions GmbH, Steinbach AG and Voexljet AG from Germany or Admatec Europe BV from the Netherlands any many more.
Ceramics straight from the printer! This innovation can be discovered at ceramitec 2018, because it promises a lot of development potential for the future. 3D printing is used in all areas of the ceramics industry because it has unbeatable advantages: it’s fast, economical and therefore cost-effective. In addition, it enables the production of short runs, special designs and complex products. With its new printer, XJet is actively participating in the future of ceramic production: the machine is processing nanoparticles made from ceramic and metal for the very first time. The quality of the end-product doesn’t solely depend on the size of the printer. Nanoe is presenting a small printer at the fair and planning to use it for printing prototypes, for instance. Additive Manufacturing is in the process of revolutionizing processes in ceramic production. At ceramitec, therefore, it’s being given a big platform of its own, with a special show and lectures.