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Lithoz and Corning partner on glass-ceramic additive manufacturing

New tailor-made material presents unique properties

As an inventor of this family of glass-ceramic materials, Corning has mastered the development of tailor-made glass-ceramics for use in a number of fields. Now the company is working with ceramics 3D printing leader Lithoz, and introducing a glass-ceramic additive manufacturing workflow leveraging the material’s lower sintering temperatures and no need for polishing.

Lithoz’ Lithography-based Ceramic Manufacturing (LCM) enables formation of high quality advanced ceramics.  The additive manufacturing process, originally developed at the Technical University of Vienna, uses light to structure ceramic powders suspended in a photopolymer resin. Lithoz’ ceramic printers yield a green-body ceramic part that can then be debinded and fired in a way that is very similar to other ceramic processes.

glass-ceramic additive manufacturingRecently, the Lithoz LCM process was applied to a Corning glass-ceramic. The companies co-developed and produced a slurry made of Corning glass-ceramic powder within a Lithoz resin system. This material was used to 3D print parts on a Lithoz CeraFab printer. The glass-ceramic was then sintered and annealed through Corning’s thermal process. The result was the achievement of complex, high-resolution glass-ceramic pieces that fully met Corning’s property specs and requirements.

Since their invention in the 1950s, glass-ceramic materials have been used in diverse and specialized applications due to their ability to combine two or more properties in a way not easily accessible in any other material. What is more, glass-ceramics demonstrate considerable advantages over inorganic materials – such as greater chemical durability than the precursor glass, superior mechanical toughness, high resistance to radiation damage, piezoelectricity and electro-optic effects, among others. Corning

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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