Admatec, a Netherlands-based ceramic AM company, has today drawn the curtain on its latest product: the Admaflex 300, a flexible, open system for high volume ceramic and metal 3D printed components. The 3D printer, designed for production, offers an increased build volume as well as integrated in-process quality monitoring and an automated feedstock system.
The Admaflex 300, reportedly the first flexible and open printer for high volume ceramic and metal parts, enables users to produce a range of parts, including large alumina components and silica cores and shells for investment casting. At the core of the printer’s appeal is its modular construction, which makes the machine adaptable to future developments such as multi-material printing. Customers can also choose what resolution and build volume they want to print with.
True to its name, the Admaflex 300 is also flexible in terms of which materials it can print: as it is based on an open system, customers can develop their own ceramic or metal materials and establish a customized print process.
One of the key advancements of the system compared to Admatec’s preceding ceramic AM system (the Admaflex 130) is its size. With a build volume of 200 x 200 x 300 mm, the Admaflex 300 3D printer is expected to unlock new applications for ceramic 3D printing, especially in the investment casting industry.
As Jaco Saurwalt, COO of Admatec, said: “Our customers’ feedback led to the development of an increased build platform size, enabling the investment casting industry, among others, to expand their ceramic 3D printing capabilities.”
Other notable features of the Admaflex 300 include its integrated in-process quality monitoring for full traceability of the printing process. This system comprises both software and hardware components (such as a dual camera system and sensors) which monitor temperature, humidity, foil usage and provide real-time video capture or time-lapse recording.
Admatec’s ceramic and metal 3D printing process is based on a DLP technology that transports ceramic and metal-filled 3D printing resin using a foil roll. The technique results in dense ceramic or metal parts with fine features. The 3D printer is compatible with high viscosity materials (such as ceramic slurries) thanks to Admatec’s patented feedstock system. The integrated material handling system—also equipped with automatic vision-controlled dosing—allows for high throughput printing of large parts and even high volume production. Moreover, the patented system makes it easier to reuse excess material, resulting in a more efficient material usage.
Admatec will be showcasing its second ceramic and metal 3D printer at Formnext next week, where the system will become available for pre-order. The 3D printer can be viewed at the company’s booth (A29) in Hall 11.