There are many many disadvantages to traditional ceramic manufacturing technology, such as which needs a long lead time (at least 8 ~ 12 weeks); not suitable for making complex geometric configurations like hollow spheres. Some special geometric configurations or some parts of the design often is not suitable for mechanical processing, which needs costly follow-up processing methods: certain patterns or models must use expensive carbide or diamond and other tools to processing before and after the ceramic sintering. So small manufacturers often need expensive costs and long delivery times.
Ceramic production with ceramic 3D printing costs 90% less time than the traditional methods, even the time of delivery may be within 5 days. The new technology not only saves time, and at the same time also allows designers to change their design in the ceramic production process. There are various kinds of ceramic materials that can be used in 3D printing technology, from alumina ceramic (alumina filler) whose hardness was a little weak to very hard zirconia ceramic (zirconia silicate filler) with wear-resistant. These ceramics can tolerate a high temperature of 1500 ~ 1700 degrees, the dielectric strength of which is up to 150 kV/mm. Alumina ceramic materials not only has strong wear resistance but also corrosion resistance, and is an ideal mechanical manufacturing raw materials.
The characteristics of alumina ceramics:
High strength and high hardness
Excellent wear resistance
High resistance to corrosion
Excellent thermal stability
Excellent dielectric strength
A typical application of alumina ceramics:
Used as a nozzle in high friction environment (such as sandblasting)
Used for air gun protection cover in high-temperature environment (such as welding equipment)
Used as a base in a corrosive environment (such as car manufacturing tactile sensor installation)
Many parts can be designed for half a hollow structure with the ceramic 3D printing technology, thus the weight reduction and cost savings achieved.
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