Ceramics expert Nanoe has announced it will be launching its Zetaprint system at Formnext 2018. Zetaprint, which is billed as the first metal and ceramic desktop 3D printing system, consists of an adapted FDM technology compatible with metal and ceramic filaments, along with a debinding vessel and sintering furnace. The whole system will reportedly cost 10,000 euros.
In addition to the 3D printer launch, Nanoe will also be presenting a new filament at the upcoming trade show in Frankfurt, a Stainless steel 316L Zetamix filament. The new 3D printer is compatible with the company’s line of Zetamix filaments, which themselves are constituted of a polymer matrix and either ceramic or metal powder. Notably, the filaments can be used with any FDM machine, provided it is robust enough.
“When we decided to launch 3D printing consumables for ceramics, we had a look at the current market,” Nanoe CEO Guillaume de Calan told us in a recent interview. “There are a few niche players for ceramic 3D printing, but it is still very small compared to metal and plastics… We decided to take a different approach and to adapt our raw material to existing machines readily available on the market. This logically led us to start with FDM printers, and we launched a line of ceramic filaments that are compatible with any FDM printer.”
In addition to the new Stainless steel 316L filament, Nanoe also offers a range of technical ceramic filaments including an alumina-based filament, a zirconia-based filament and a ZTA-based filament. Other materials, such as SiC, WC-Co, titanium and inconel are currently in development.
At the upcoming Formnext trade show in Frankfurt, France-based Nanoe will be presenting a range of sample parts 3D printed using its various filaments. In addition to unveiling its new Zetaprint system there, Nanoe will also demonstrate the 3D printing (and debinding and sintering) platform.
The company can be found in Hall 3.0 at booth A74.