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Lithoz presents production-ready CeraFab S65 system with 4 integrated build units

The new systems was on display at Ceramics UK, 3rdAxis first to buy one down under

Lithoz, the Austrian leader in 3D printed ceramics, is not a company known for its aggressive marketing and communication efforts. Its high-level LCM ceramics photopolymerization AM technology is making huge steps forward, however, we don’t often hear about it. That’s, well, because the company does not tell many people about its progress. Even after Lithoz launched the disruptive, production-ready Cerafab S65, we only learned about its progress in the market when a small Australian company – 3rdAxis – purchased one.

Lithoz’ newsletter points out that “Lithoz goes down under and that 3rdAxis, a young Australian company specializing in additive manufacturing for dental applications, has purchased the first CeraFab 7500 Dental as well as the first CeraFab System S65. We [Lithoz] are very excited about our new innovative customer in Australia!”

So we backtrack and we find out that – although no major AM/3D printing or ceramic industry media has reported it – the Cerafab S65 system was in fact presented at the recent Ceramics UK exhibit that took place in London on July 10-11. A press release was published on the Ceramics UK website:

CeraFab S65
The new Lithoz CeraFab S65 for ceramics AM production

The press release reports that Lithoz now has some 70 ceramic 3D printers installed worldwide (an interesting piece of news, that could warrant a dedicated news release), and that at Ceramics UK, Lithoz GmbH presented its latest series of industrial 3D printers for serial production of ceramics: the CeraFab System S65.

This system features higher building speed and productivity, higher resolution thanks to the WQXGA projector (Lithoz’s technology is based on DLP stereolithography) and higher production reliability. The technology is now positioning as a sensible alternative to conventional processes, showing its full potential in areas, where such processes reach their limits. If Lithoz’s team had communicated their participation to 3D printing media such as ourselves before the event took place, we may have recommended attending two very interesting talks on ceramics additive manufacturing.

The CeraFab S65

The new CeraFab System is Lithoz‘s answer to all questions concerning the industrial series production of additively manufactured, high-performance ceramics. The modular design of the CeraFab System allows for a cascade system of up to 4 production units per electronic unit, greatly increasing the output productivity and minimizing the risk of production loss.

A server-based database for the storage and processing of the process data facilitates the complete documentation of print jobs and provides real-time monitoring. A WQXGA projector allows for a higher resolution of 2560×1600 pixels and guarantees absolute precision in printed components, particularly in micro areas. A separate cooling concept for each different system unit eliminates potential heat buildup and protects the components from dust contamination.

The front doors swivel upwards, and the specially designed ergonomic design considerably simplifies the operability. The CeraFab S65 is also equipped with high-quality industrial electronics and servo motors for smooth, dynamic movements.

With this machine, Lithoz is further emerging as a primary technology provider and partner for additive manufacture production of high-performance ceramic components, material diversity and development. Now the company only needs to let the world know about it. If the Lithoz communication and marketing department allows us, we would love to support them in this quest.

 

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, I have built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, I spent 12 years in the United States, where I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree. As a journalist covering the tech industry - especially the videogame industry - for over 10 years, I began covering the AM industry specifically in 2013, as blogger. In 2016 I co-founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial, and market analysis & consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, and leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. I am 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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