The Fraunhofer Center HTL is developing materials and components for high-temperature applications. The focus is on ceramics, fiber-reinforced materials and hybrid components.
The CeraFab 7500 is a userfriendly machine which is easy to handle. It enables the production of complex ceramic greenbodies made of different photocurable slurries. Especially the achievable high density of parts after debinding and sintering of the additive manufactured geometry has enthralled us for the technology introduced by Lithoz.
We expect from this forming technology the opportunities to break new ground in technical ceramics. The additive manufacturing has a lot of advantages, especially in the area of the production of fine structures and parts. In the upcoming years the Fraunhofer Center HTL will concentrate on the usability of this new forming technology regarding the development and refinement of the usable slurry systems as well as the optimisation of the debinding and sintering process of the produced parts."
Dr. Christian Zenkel
Fraunhofer-Institut für Silicatforschung ISC
“The LCM-technology is the first Additive Manufacturing Technology to enable the fabrication of complex ceramic parts that show a dense and homogeneous microstructure with outstanding material properties upon sintering. It allows the fast and direct production of individually formed parts, prototypes or small batch series without the need for molds or tools. Using alumina it can be shown that the precise imaging of the finest structural details can be realized, other ceramic materials are bound to follow.”
Dr. Hans-Jürgen Richter
„Due to the high product qualities that can be attained with LCM-technology, the BCE Special Ceramics GmbH considers this technology as very promising and sees a high potential in complementing our own technologies. The complexity and quality of the parts exceeds those of other processes. This meets the current trend of miniaturization and multiple functionalization of ceramic parts in many applications.”
Dr. Torsten Weiß
“The development of the LCM-process can close a gap in the range of available materials for Additive Manufacturing Technologies, which is also of interest for our company. The development and the fabrication of innovative ceramic products with more freedom regarding the possible design options bear a tremendous potential for this industry, especially concerning competitiveness and safeguarding production locations.”
DI Martin Schäfer
Senior Key Expert Engineer
„The powder injection molding unit at the KIT considers the LCM-technology of Lithoz a very valuable complement to the existing micro engineering techniques. Apart from the efficient fabrication of prototypes in preparation of replicative serial productions this technique enables the production of extremely dense ceramic parts for the first time.”
Dr. Volker Piotter
Head of Process Development Unit