3D Ceramic Printing

The world of 3D Ceramic Printing has come a long way since the 1980s when it was considered suitable only for the production of functional or aesthetic prototypes, and a more appropriate term for it at the time was “rapid prototyping”. Today, the the precision, repeatability, and material range of 3D printing have increased to the point that some 3D printing processes are considered viable as an industrial-production technology, whereby the term “additive manufacturing” can be used synonymously with 3D printing.

Applications of 3D ceramic printing

In this article we are going to look at 3D printing—or additive manufacturing if you will—using ceramic materials for the following applications:

1) Production of ceramic foundry cores;

2) Optimization of optical instrumentation.

Types of ceramics used in 3D printing

Before we get too far into the weeds with the two applications highlighted above, let’s briefly have a look at the types of ceramics used in 3D printing. Generally speaking, the qualities of ceramic materials are: high strength, high dimensional stability (low coefficient of thermal expansion), low density, high resistance to abrasion and corrosion, and exceptional chemical stability. There is a variety of ceramic materials used in 3D printing, which are categorized into:

  • Oxide ceramics: alumina, zirconia, silicore, alumina-toughened zirconia, cordierite, 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia, silice SiO2, hydroxyapatite/TCP, and tricalcium phosphate;
  • Non-oxide ceramics: silicon nitride and aluminum nitride.

3D Ceram Sinto, a leader in the world of 3D ceramic printing, offers a full range of ready-to-use ceramic pastes for use with their CERAMAKER printers. Naturally, they advise their customers on the critical issue of the ceramic paste best suited to the application at hand, but can also create ceramic paste formulations according to specifications provided by their customers.

3D Ceramic Printing

3D Ceram ceramic paste

 

3D printing of ceramic foundry cores

3D printing of ceramic foundry cores

 

Foundry cores are integral to the production of turbine blades for aviation, aero-derivative and land-based gas turbines. Up to now manufacturing cores has been a time- and labour intensive process. Today, in an effort to lower fuel consumption, improve turbine efficiency and decrease engine emissions, core designs are becoming increasingly complex. Making a complex, porous ceramic foundry core using conventional manufacturing processes involves making the core in several pieces and then assembling them manually. The likelihood of a problem occurring in this process is considerable, resulting in wasted time and materials—and excessively high costs.

Some of the constraints applied to core production:

  • Dimensional accuracy +/- 0.1 mm
  • Structural strength
  • Surface roughness
  • Material porosity

Additive manufacturing brings a new dimension to conventional industrial processes, allowing all of these elements to be controlled. In addition to saving time and materials and increasing productivity in the production of ceramic foundry cores, the technology delivers the following benefits:

  • Design flexibility
  • Possibility of more core complexity
  • Quick creation of new designs
  • Better responsiveness and productivity
  • Increased profitability
  • Maintenance of core strength

3D printing of optical instruments

3D printing of optical instruments

 

3D printing is one of the key technologies for devising innovative solutions contributing to the optimization of optical instruments, such as a plane mirror for a front-end laser engine (galvo-mirror for high-energy laser application). 3D printing can greatly enhance the design and manufacturing of the optical substrate of such an instrument.

3D printing

Two types of mirror

 

The use of additive manufacturing for the production of optical instruments has the following benefits:

  • Parts are lighter because they feature more complex designs that incorporate holes and semi-closed structures
  • Lead time is reduced as there is no need to manufacture and then lighten by machining a first draft
  • Less ceramic is used, which reduces costs
  • New, more complex and disruptive designs are possible
  • New functions such as internal channels, electrical tracks and feedthroughs can be incorporated.

optical instruments

As a result of new additive manufacturing technology, optical substrates and mirrors can now be more compact, thus allowing for additional functions while still keeping volume and mass low.

Industrial 3D ceramic printers

We’ve touched on the ceramic pastes used in 3D ceramic printing and must do likewise with 3D ceramic printers. The number of ceramic 3D printers on the market has increased steadily in recent years and many industrial solutions are now available. Indeed, more manufacturers are offering professional solutions, capable of designing high-quality parts with increasing speed.

3DCeram Sinto is undoubtedly one of the historical players in ceramic additive manufacturing and has developed a professional range based on a stereolithography process. 3D Ceram Sinto’s CERAMAKER 3D printer family has the widest range and most

practical printing platforms of any company in the market, ranging from the C100 (100 x 100 x 150 mm) to the C3600 (300 x 300 x 100 mm). Taking shrinkage into account, you can produce parts with dimensions up to Ø500 mm  with the CERAMAKER C3600.

Industrial 3D ceramic printers

 

PHI WEBINAR SERIES: Applications of TOF-SIMS Tandem MS Imaging for Industrial Problem Solving

 

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Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) is a powerful analytical technique with submicron spatial resolution, ppm sensitivity, and the ability to detect both elemental and molecular species on surfaces. One limitation of TOF-SIMS is that spectra are often difficult to interpret, especially for real-world industrial samples that have a complex mixture of chemicals on the surface. The TOF-SIMS spectrum contains the fragmentation pattern of all the different molecular species on the surface added together. The recent development of parallel imaging MS/MS has greatly simplified the interpretation of TOF-SIMS spectra. By selecting a single precursor ion from the complex TOF-SIMS spectrum and fragmenting it by collision induced dissociation (CID), the clean and unique fragmentation pattern makes identification easy. Several industrial applications will be discussed that demonstrate how MS/MS greatly extends the analytical capability of the TOF-SIMS technique.
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RISE -The Complete Picture of Material Properties: Correlative Raman-SEM Imaging

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Webinar presented by Dr. Ute Schmidt – Applications Manager at WITec GmbH

SCHEDULED TIME : Nov 14 2017 10:00 am

DURATION  : 60 mins

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RISE – Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron – microscopy is a correlative approach that combines molecular and ultrastructural analysis. With this hybrid technique, information on the chemical composition of a sample provided by the optical Raman microscope is overlaid onto structural features imaged with a high resolution scanning electron microscope. Both methods can be controlled with software and the correlation carried out while the sample remains under vacuum. The integration of both techniques within a single instrument eliminates the necessity of manually locating the same measurement position, a notoriously time-consuming process with separate instruments.

In this webinar, the principles of state-of-the-art confocal Raman imaging as a tool for the analysis of molecular characteristics of a sample will be presented, then the manner in which this information can be linked to structural information acquired with scanning electron microscopy will be demonstrated. The advantages of seamless correlative investigation will be described and shown with several examples.

 

Nanosurf webshop: Benefit from Launch Discounts

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Dear Customer’s,

Nanosurf’s newly launched webshop features a full range of accessories, including

  • Nanosurf cantilevers (webshop special: 10% discount for first 50 orders)
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Intuitive filtering options make it easy to find what you are looking for, and to be sure it is compatible with your Nanosurf AFM system.

 

We currently deliver to the US, Canada, and most of Europe* and will expand in the future. Customers in other countries can select items to obtain an offer from one of our local partners.
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Take this unique opportunity to upgrade your system — choose the software options that elevate your AFM system to the next level. Discounted software options include:

The offer is valid until November 30, 2017.

 

Raman imaging meets cells and nanomaterials – New perspectives in 3D chemical characterization

WITec Seminar and Workshop

Thursday, October 5 2017
8AM PDT | 11AM EDT | 4PM BST | 5PM CEST
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Spectra Research Corporation (SRC) is pleased to announce an upcoming webcast which will offer a comprehensive overview of the technology and methods of confocal Raman microscopy including 3D correlative Raman imaging integrated with SEM or AFM.

This powerful and increasingly common technique can characterize the components of a sample by looking at the unique “fingerprint” its molecular bonds show as they scatter light. We aim to convey its capability and versatility while making it more accessible. Application examples will focus on cell and tissue research, diagnostics, pharmaceutics and materials science. The non-destructive, label-free and convenient nature of Raman microscopy will be emphasized, showing how samples can be rapidly investigated without specialized, if any, sample preparation. The intuitive software routines for post-processing and data evaluation will also be described, along with the advantages of correlative techniques for structural and molecular analysis. There will be a short introduction from WITec followed by a presentation by Professor Dr. Klaus Gerwert, Chair of the Department of Biophysics at Ruhr-University Bochum, who will present specific approaches and application examples.

During this webcast you will learn/the speakers will address:

  • The theoretical basis and associated hardware and software related to confocal Raman microscopy
  • Possibilities for Raman investigations including several application examples from various fields
  • Correlative Raman imaging and the value of seeing a sample with different methods to understand in more completely

The webcast will last for 60 minutes and there will be an opportunity to ask your questions during the live broadcast!
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Speakers

Dr. Klaus Gerwert, Ruhr-University Bochum

Dr. Klaus Gerwert, Ruhr-University Bochum

Dr. Gerwert is the head of the Biophysics Department at Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany. His works investigates structures, functions and interactions of membrane proteins at multiple scales combining time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy with biomolecular simulations. As spokesman of the translational consortium PURE at Ruhr-University he is concerned with vibrational imaging of cells and tissues to identify diseases.

Dr. David Steinmetz, WITec GmbH

Dr. David Steinmetz, WITec GmbH

Dr. Steinmetz obtained a Physics PhD from the Quantum Optics group of Prof. Dr. Christoph Becher at the University of Saarland in Saarbruecken, Germany. His work there was on single-photon sources based on single defect centers in solids. He joined WITec in 2011 and has been Director of Applications & Support since 2017.

Dr Jayshan Carpen, Nature Research

Moderator: Dr Jayshan Carpen, Nature Research

Jayshan received his PhD in neurogenetics from the University of Surrey, UK. His doctoral thesis focused on identifying polymorphisms associated with diurnal preference and circadian sleep disorders. Jayshan worked as an events coordinator at the Royal Institution of Great Britain before moving to his current role in 2013 for Nature Research.

 

Basic Seminar on Applied Rheology – Maximize your test methods at our factory seminar!

Get the most from your rheology software and test methods.
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Are your rheological test methods as good as they can be? Find out at our informative seminar. Plus find out how to improve, simplify and standardize methods, data evaluation and documentation.

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WITec’s TrueSurface Microscopy and Operating Suite FIVE

WITec’s TrueSurface Microscopy and Operating Suite FIVE

Mississauga, ON August 31st, 2017 – Renowned for delivering to our customers the latest scientific instruments from leading international brands, Spectra Research Corporation (SRC) proudly profiles TrueSurface Microscopy and Suite FIVE from WITec.

WITec’s award-winning TrueSurface Microscopy allows confocal Raman imaging along heavily inclined or very rough samples with the surface held in constant focus while maintaining the highest confocality. The core element of this revolutionary imaging mode is an integrated sensor for optical profilometry. It is directly installed at the microscope turret, which facilitates user-friendly and convenient operation.

WITec presents a new operating concept with the powerful and intuitive Suite FIVE. Sophisticated features and hands-on control transform the user experience, enabling the researcher to move from setup to results with unprecedented ease. Suite FIVE provides an integrated tool for data acquisition, evaluation and post-processing that enables researchers to quickly extract key information from their experiments. All Raman, AFM, SNOM and WITec correlative microscopy measurement modes are supported.

For more information:
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CoreAFM system well received by customers around the globe

Nanosurf’s new research AFM system, the CoreAFM, is going into operation at customer sites around the globe. The first researchers to use the highly versatile CoreAFM are based in the USA and Germany. Deliveries are also being made to Argentina, Ecuador, and China.

These customers appreciate the compact design and attractive pricing. The powerful benchtop system with a multitude of modes allows them to perform all kinds of measurements, facilitated by interchangeable accessories and mode kits.

Powerful and versatile
Next to standard imaging, you can perform MFM, EFM, PFM, KPFM, C-AFM, EC-AFM, Bio-AFM, SThM, lithography and advanced spectroscopy including stiffness maps, as well as FluidFM™ based experiments.

 

Thanks to the integrated active vibration isolation table, your images will be clean and clear – further enhanced by the innovative Spike-Guard system that automatically catches environmental perturbations, and rescans the affected line.

To find out more about the CoreAFM, view the product page on the Nanosurf website, or for specific questions, contact us directly.

 

WITec Raman Microscopy Workshop

WITec Seminar and Workshop

Workshop on Applications of 3D Confocal Raman and Correlative Techniques for in vivo and in vitro Studies

University of Guelph

Tuesday 15th of August 2017
Room GFTC 24, Food Science Building
465 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario

WITec Raman Microscopy WorkshopSpectra Research Corporation (SRC) is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop on Applications of 3D confocal Raman and correlative techniques for in vivo and in vitro Studies. The workshop will include the following:

  • Introduction to Correlative 3D Raman Imaging
  • A New Approach for High Speed, High Lateral, and Spectral Resolution in Raman Imaging
  • Live instrument demonstration
  • And a complimentary lunch provided by WITec and SRC

Who Should Attend

Those interested in and/or experienced in Raman microscopy, including scientists and researchers from material sciences, life sciences, pharma, and related fields.

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