The 3D printing opens a new world of possibilities to every engineer. Moreover, the sintered parts are ready for immediate use because no finishing process is necessary. In addition, the components are very strong - they have nearly the same mechanical properties as a CIM component!
No tooling required and low process times
No tooling costs - you only pay for your product
Components can be produced in different scaling factors
Components have the same properties as components produced with CIM technology
There are almost no geometric limitations to the construction
Production from batch size 1
With a lateral resolution of 40 µm even smallest components can be achieved
Dense microstructures ( > 99.4 % T.D. ) can be generated
A LCM - component has the same mechanical properties as a CIM component
This method is a lithographic process. Thus, layer thicknesses of 25 µm at a lateral resolution of 40 µm is are possible. As the part is built up in layers, it is possible to create voids and undercuts, which is impossible with any other production method!
Ceramic suspension & CAD-Model
Highly complex ceramic components
Both the CIM process and the 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, are molding processes, that produce so-called “green parts”. Here, a ceramic suspension is exposed to light and cures at the desired positions. The result is a component, that is shaped " step by step ". A subsequent debinding and sintering process is necessary. This method is suitable for highly complex components, or customized parts and functional prototypes.