There are numerous solid, popular 3D printing manufacturers out there today offering hardware from the traditional perspective, whether in new release or update form—many at great prices and offering high performance—and while most users are still feeling more comfortable with ABS and PLA, it’s just plain exciting to see other new machines becoming available and offering the ability to print in materials like ceramic. This seriously widens the market in terms of what can be produced on all levels, and ceramic material can be of benefit to many different fields where progressive companies are exploring additive manufacturing and all it has to offer—like savings in time over traditional mold-making techniques, and the self-sustainability and customization options offered through being able to directly fabricate products in ceramics.
Yesterday, Admatec (Additive Manufacturing Technology) announced that they will be entering the 3D printing market with their first comprehensive ceramic printing system, the ADMAFLEX 130. This is a high performing 3D printer meant to produce ceramic parts. The Netherlands-headquartered company, founded in 2013 as a result of a cooperation between Formatec Ceramics and Energy Research Centre the Netherlands [ECN], says the ADMAFLEX 130 will be available in September, with their intention being to make a difference in the field of industrial grade ceramic printing overall. They promise state-of-the-art technology with materials that are easy to clean up once you’ve finished a project.
Admatec, whom we’ve been following since 2014 as they began formulating their initial systems, is dedicated to the development, engineering, and production of innovative 3D printing solutions that are rigorously tested–such as this new one, which was put through the paces for 5,000 production hours in the ‘job-shop’ at Admatec headquarters.
“This experience continuously results in innovations [such as]. the material reconditioning system that allows the customer to re-use all the material, guaranteeing 100% effective use of material,” states Admatec in their recent press release.
Upon launching the new ADMAFLEX printer, Admatec says the technology will be able to support:
- Zirconium oxide
- Aluminium oxide
- Fused silica
Currently, the Dutch company uses both silicon nitride and silicon carbide, and expects both materials to be available for retail soon, to be compatible with the ADMAFLEX 130 printing solution which allows for the production of ‘serial accurate’ ceramic components, whether large or small. The company sees it as being recommended for use in:
- High-tech components
- Investment casting
- Micro reactors
- Medical Implants
- Medical devices
- Dental devices
“This system will be able to play an essential role of developing 3D printing ceramics in many markets. We are eager to team up with customers in a wide diversity of markets, developing future solutions by proving solid business cases in their target markets” says Michiel de Bruijcker, managing director of Admatec Europe BV.
Admatec offers both the combination of a proven 3D printing service along with the manufacturing of hardware using their in-house patented technology, and they foresee that as offering them a unique position, specifically in the field of printing high dense ceramic components. With the ADMAFLEX 130, Admatec is promising the most cost-effective solution in the market today, and they state that a limited number of machines will be sold at a reduced rate of €75,000 with certain conditions applying.
Admatec will be showing off the ceramic 3D printer in their booth at TCT in Birmingham from September 28-29, and Formnext in Frankfurt from November 15-18. Will you be at either of these shows to see this new technology? Discuss in the Admatec 3D Ceramic Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.