Ever since it first emerged as a pioneer in ceramic 3D printing, Omaha-based Tethon 3D stood out a unique company with an impressive ability to innovate in the field of ceramic AM. Over the years we’ve followed the company’s evolution and we’ve had the opportunity to speak with co-founder Karen Linder on her vision for the future of ceramic 3D printing. That future will necessarily include the new Bison 1000 ceramic 3D printer which is making its global debut at Rapid, in Detroit, next week.
The DLP photopolymerization system was developed in collaboration with the University of Nebraska after the company received a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to develop a new ceramic and metal 3D printing system, not even a year ago. Now, in record time, the new 3D printer is ready. It will have a build size of 110 x 60 x 130 mm, with 57-micron pixels and layer thickness that can be set at 25, 50 and 100 micron. It will also have an FHD resolution (1920 x 1080) and will support .stl, .obj as well as .amf files formats.
“We’ve designed this printer and software for users like us, for material scientists,” says Tethon 3D’s President Trent Allen. “We believe it’s necessary for our users to have the freedom of adjusting settings and be able to use their own powders if they wish. Tethon 3D’s Genesis resin – heexplains – has been used as a base resin for hundreds of different ceramic & metal powders, including SiC, Zirconia, Copper, Graphene and CMC’s. Internally the Bison 1000 has helped us develop new resins. We have plans to consistently add more ceramics & metals to our off the shelf portfolio.”
Other key features include a heated vat (controllable heat temperatures) which reduces resin viscosity and helps aid higher loaded materials for improved part quality and strength. Also, the Bison 1000 has a camera and app which allows for remote and team printing process monitoring. These features are targeted at professional users who need to have the ability to monitor multiple machines, even when they are not physically present in the office or lab.