THE LCM-TECHNOLOGY

THE PROCESS

Powered by Lithography-based Ceramic Manufacturing (LCM) technology, Lithoz’s industry-oriented 3D printers are the answer to the reliable serial production of additively manufactured ceramics. Our CeraFab System fulfil even the highest requirements of high-performance ceramics. Mechanical performance, dimensional accuracy and the reproducibility of ceramic parts have been tested to meet and exceed conventional ceramic methods.

Starting with a CAD model, the first step of the process is the job preparation and optimization. The information for the job is digitally transferred to the 3D printer direct from your computer.

The ceramic-loaded liquid (or slurry) is automatically dosed and coated on top of a transparent vat. The movable building platform is dipped into the slurry, which is then selectively exposed to visible light from below the vat. The layer image is generated via a digital micromirror device (DMD) coupled with a state-of-the-art projection system. By repeating this process, a three-dimensional green part can be generated layer-by-layer.

The LCM technology leverages decades of ceramic powder processing experience. By using the same powders and furnaces as injection molding, ceramic parts with outstanding mechanical properties and surface quality are produced. Following thermal post-processing, the binder is removed and the green parts are sintered, resulting in fully-dense ceramic parts.

ACCELERATE YOUR COMPANY’S COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

DEVELOP REVENUE-GENERATING PRODUCTS WITH FUNCTION-ORIENTED DESIGNS

By overcoming the design constrictions of conventional technologies, companies can now explore new designs for improving the function of products and develop revenue-generating applications. 

 

An overview of how LCM drives your product innovation:

• realization of bionic designs, as well as canals and pore structures

• adaptation of product functionality to end customers with the aim of boosting product value

• production of undercuts, cavities and thin-walled structures

• material properties which meet and exceed those of conventional manufacturing processes

ACCELERATE TIME-TO-MARKET AND RENOVATE YOUR PRODUCTION FACILITY WITH FASTER AND TOOL-FREE ITERATION

As no tooling is needed, the modification of designs is made directly from CAD data and product testing is accelerated, significantly shorting the time-to-market of new products.

Furthermore, LCM solves the problem of unmolding fine and complex geometries and overcomes defects introduced by machinery while still meeting ceramic property expectations.

A brief overview of how LCM accelerates time-to-market:

• direct, tool-free manufacturing from CAD data

• fast and simple design optimization and product testing

• array of fully functional parts can thus be available in just one printing job

no issue with unmolding or machining due to tool-free production method

DRIVE COST-EFFECTIVE MASS-CUSTOMIZAITON OF PRODUCTS

While conventional manufacturing processes require individual molds and tools for every component, additive manufacturing allows you to simply modify the CAD data to match the customer’s wishes. The batch-oriented production approach offers the possibility of individualized products with the additional advantages of mass production.

A brief overview of how LCM benefits you through adding value to your customers:

• offers great flexibility and personalization for ceramic products

• simple and cost-effective individualization of products

• economical production from the first part

• on-demand production – more efficient production planning and storage

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