From semiconductor through to machinery, our CeraFab System 3D printers facilitate the serial production of demanding industrial applications. The production of parts that cannot be molded or otherwise fabricated has led to companies utilizing new designs for improving the function of products. Products with boosted functions and revenue-generating applications are produced with guaranteed consistency and quality.
High-efficient impeller for microturbines
Turbocharger rotors in silicon nitride are used to improve engine response. Using ceramic rotors rather than metal decreases the inertial force and consequently reduces delay. Additionally, these rotors are exposed to very hot gas and therefore must be durable under such conditions. Previously, intricate components were impossible to produce using silicon nitride due to the limitations of conventional machining methods. Today, the LCM technology facilitates the production of complex shaped impellers to boost the performances of microturbines.
Watch a video on thermal shock resistance test for a 3d printed silicon nitride component.
Revenue-generating nozzles for chip manufacturing
Alumina Systems GmbH produces customizable ceramic and metal-to-ceramic components for the semiconductor and medical industries. As well as employing conventional technologies, the company uses additive manufacturing to accelerate product innovations.
By using a function-oriented design, Alumina Systems GmbH developed a ceramic distribution ring for semiconductor chip coating which triples the production volume of chips compared to conventional solutions.
Today, the demand for value-driven applications is constantly increasing. 3D printing enables companies to develop revenue-generating products with high added value for their customers.
Read more on how to increase customer value with high-performance ceramic 3D printing.
A solution to conventional manufacturing for miniature components
3D printing facilitates the production of applications which require very small feature sizes, as well as needing a high degree of complexity and excellent surface quality. The printed materials can work at higher temperatures and pressures, as well as in corrosive and abrasive applications at precise tolerances. Some examples include micro-nozzles and valves with flow-optimized paths, miniature rotors and micro-milling tools, electronic applications such as complex and precise substrates, and medical sensors, instrumentation and surgical tools.
The production of highly complex and precise ceramic components in the millimetre and sub-millimetre range requires a technology which meets the demand of having a high degree of both accuracy and repeatability. Conventional technologies (such as milling, drilling, grinding and ceramic injection moulding) have limitations when it comes to very small or thin objects.
The LCM technology guarantees the highest level of dimensional control and the production of parts with features as small as 100 µm.