Tethon Corporation Inc., the Omaha, Nebraska-based company specializing in ceramic resins for additive manufacturing, has entered into a new collaboration with Showa Denko America, a subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K, a pioneer in Japan’s chemical industry with headquarters in Tokyo.
The high purity alumina material, developed by Tethon and Showa Denko, is loaded 25% higher than other leading industry competitors. The ceramic loading is over 75% by volume, and 90% by weight. Due to the higher loading, shrinkage in the x, y & z is less than 10% after sintering.
“It has been a pleasure working with the Showa Denko team. Tethon’s unmatched additive experience based around filled UV ceramic resins coupled with Showa Denko’s decades of experience in the inorganics, ceramics, and chemical sectors will revolutionize ceramic additive manufacturing,” said Trent Allen, CEO of Tethon 3D. “Some ceramic additive solutions have issues with shrinkage which limits feature sizes and often creates unwanted warpage. This material and partnership set a new standard around material properties and reflects the original intent of the ceramic additive manufacturing industry.”
“We are expecting to see a lot of growth in Ceramic Additive over the next decade and our Showa Denko America team has been looking to enter the additive market,” said Masao Horayama, President of Showa Denko America. “We are very excited to launch this first alumina material designed for additive and believe working with an experienced materials team like Tethon is an appropriate venue for bringing Showa Denko’s material expertise to the market.”
This is not the first time Tethon has entered into a multi-national collaborative partnership with the goal of further developing and industrializing its pioneering ceramic additive manufacturing technologies. Last year, Tethon entered into a partnership with Fortify 3D, aiming to advance the adoption of technical ceramics in a variety of additive manufacturing applications.