Tungsten carbide / alumina / zirconium ceramic additive forming
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    Default Tungsten carbide / alumina / zirconium ceramic additive forming

    HotEnd Works - HotEnd Works | High Quality Rapid Prototypes

    to produce high-resolution, geometrically complex ceramic objects that can be used for the manufacturing of high-performance components

    The process is a mix of fused deposition modeling and binder jetting, with the added effects of pressure. The system basically sprays the parent material, that is powdered ceramics, from one nozzle and a polymeric binder from another nozzle (which also serves as temporary support material of overhangs and other intricate shapes). These combine to form an object’s layers, while the pressure pushes the ceramics form each new layer into the previously deposited one, thus reducing impurities and assuring a higher final-quality for the component.

    The HDfab machine, which is expected to be available in early 2016 and to retail around $50,000, will face-off against other projects plan to use advanced ceramics as their primary materials. These include Lithoz’s very high-resolution LCM (lithography-based Ceramics Manufacturing) for the CeraFab 7500 system presented in 2013, as well as Prodways’ new V-Series range of industrial grade 3D printers, which can use a variety of materials, including PLASTCure zirconia ceramics through a modified version of DLP technology.

    Methinks that custom tungsten carbide tooling and also alumina and silicone carbide for elements such as gearing and bearings.

    Suspect that a lot of people would be interested in a precision cutting bit fabricator, even with a limited part size

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