One of the companies that is at the forefront of 3D-printed ceramic designs has claimed proprietary rights to a new and improved 3D printer design that is expected to revolutionize the strength and durability of these 3D-printed ceramics. The breakthrough in this area could mean a jump of an improvement not just for ceramics, but for practically all sorts of 3D printing materials that rely heavily on the use of powders.
The latest development in this field might just be what 3D-printed ceramics need in order to gain some headway as far as customers’ preference goes. Currently, materials made of thermoplastics and metal alloy are dominating the market largely due to their strength and long-enduring performance. Besides these characteristics, these 3D-printed products do not require any elaborate set up like a high-temperature kiln to get the best results.
Despite the seeming overkill by thermoplastics and metal alloys, 3D-printed ceramic designs are still thriving because these are products are a lot safer than the other two. Aside from being safer, they are also excellent alternatives to high-temperature environments and can be recycled at will. The potential development to increase the strength of these 3D-printed materials, which is currently its biggest weakness, could mean a boon for everybody in this business.
What is quite remarkable in this latest enhancement is that it uses a technique that has been around since, well, ceramics have been produced. It uses a new physical compression technique that resembles the age-old tradition of building products of this kind. The idea behind the technique might be as old as ceramic itself, but when fused with the best in 3D printing technology, the results are nothing short of astounding.
This method of looking back into the past is not something new to the company. The people working at Tethon 3D truly believe that the past holds a key role in moving forward towards the latest in technology. Besides looking at the tried and tested methods of ceramics and other earthenware for inspiration, they also place in the mix some ancient facts into their very culture. In fact, the name Tethon comes from a very old Native American clan. It means “white buffalo.”
The improved 3D printer prototype should be the perfect complement to a ceramic powder Tethon 3D previously produced and to which they also have proprietary rights. Called the Tethonite, this powder should work hand in hand with the new 3D printer design with fantastic results. It also means that Tethon 3D now has all the tools that can take ceramic 3D printing to heights never before reached by anyone.
Tethon 3D is currently looking at various angles into the production of this prototype, which includes a careful look at possible partnership with a major company that would be able to realize this development’s amazing potentials. The company is hoping that if their plans go as intended they would be able to make ceramic 3D printing a byword in the industry. Hopefully, this will mean better appeal to powder-based additive manufacturing in the long run as well.