A – Ceramics uses clay as a raw material, natural element respectful with the environment. On top of that, all glazes and varnishes used in the production are lead and cadmium free. All together the final result is environmentally friendly.
A – Advanced Ceramics is unusual as we offer the full range of technical ceramics from machinable grades like Macor and Shapal through to materials that require diamond grinding like alumina, zirconia, carbides and nitrides. We can machine and supply virtually any ceramic material. This allows us to optimise the material selection and design what is right for you the customer, rather than what is right for our capability.
A – Advanced ceramics are used in more everyday products than you can imagine. Alumina is used in house fuses, tap seals and central heating water pumps. Zirconia can be found in hair straighteners and glass ceramic cooker hobs. Silicon Nitride bearings and turbochargers can be found in most cars as can Silicon Carbide pump parts. Boron Nitride is used extensively in make-up products from face powders to lipsticks. Ceramics are all around us but seldom noticed.
A – Yes we can. We have a competent team of technical sales staff with many years experience that can help you chose the right material. Whether it is for wear, thermal management, electrical properties, or something else, we can help you by designing an appropriate component for ceramic manufacture from simple suggestions to more complex solutions.
A – The harder ceramics like alumna and zirconia will require diamond tooling but other materials can be machined. To get the right result it does take time, experience and semi-specialized tooling but it can be done and many of our customers take advantage of this when they need extremely fast solutions in-house.
A – Yes, we are happy to supply small samples of material for you to test. We can also supply prototype quantities through to volume production to suit your needs.
A – 300mm x300mm x 55mm is the maximum size and we can supply any smaller size or shape on request. We also carry many standard sizes of ceramic bar, rod and sheet in stock for quick delivery. We are happy to discuss supplying fully machined components produced in our in-house facility. A thickness of 60mm may be possible in some applications.
A – We have recently been able to increase the maximum size availability of Shapal to 300mm x 300mm x 64mm. We carry many standard sizes of Shapal in stock and can supply fully machined components or non-standard sizes on request.
A – No, we realise this is unusual but we don’t!
A – This depends totally on the complexity of your requirements. For simple items such as bars and rods, we can generally supply a quotation within 48 hours. For more complex items, we should be able to respond within 3 to 4 days.