FGK -Glas/Keramik- GmbH, a leading innovator in research and development of advanced ceramics and test labs, acquired the latest 3D printer from Lithoz GmbH: the CeraFab Multi 2M30. The recently released system is capable of multi-material 3D printing in a single component.
Based in Germany, the primary adoption market of advanced ceramic 3D printing in the world, FGK -Glas/Keramik- GmbH (Forschungsinstitut für Anorganische Werkstoffe -Glas/Keramik- GmbH), is a research institute which focuses on the research and development of ceramics.
They use a wide range of forming technologies, which now also include 3D printing, in their projects and work with different ceramics, including glass. The newly acquired CeraFab Multi 2M30 machine is able to combine materials such as ceramic, metal and polymer within a single layer and also vary the material composition layer-by-layer.
These material combinations allow for a mixture of properties in one component, expanding the application possibilities and enabling a broader range of design concepts. FGK -Glas/Keramik- GmbH, along with their partners from the University of Applied Sciences of Koblenz and the University of Koblenz-Landau, plan to use this machine in the, soon to be operational, new additive manufacturing competence center.
This project, funded by the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Economics (MWVLW) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will enable the additive manufacture of almost every ceramic material, with multi-material printing further broadening the range of application fields, due to countless possible property and functionality combinations. The development of transparent components is one area of both particular interest and challenges, as there must be no defects so that light can pass through unhindered.
Dr.-Ing. Marcus Emmel, of FGK -Glas/Keramik- GmbH, spoke about the new machine: “We are convinced that, with the CeraFab Multi 2M30, we have found exactly the system that can produce ceramics of the necessary quality and enable us to achieve our goals. In addition, as a newcomer to the complex field of ceramic additive manufacturing, it is essential for us to have a competent and reliable partner at our side. We are therefore very pleased that we are now taking this path together with Lithoz and promoting the additive manufacturing of ceramic materials.”
FGK (Forschungsinstitut für Anorganische Werkstoffe -Glas/Keramik- GmbH) works in the fields of technical ceramics, phosphors and optoceramics, as well as silicate ceramics, raw materials and industrial minerals. They are an accredited testing laboratory and have been successfully working with their partners for more than 30 years. They have applied for many patents and have a wide range of equipment for different processes along the entire ceramic process chain and can therefore specifically select the forming process that ensures the desired final properties for the application.