3DCERAM’s CERAMAKER C900 is providing a tool to core manufacturers to manage and produce ceramic cores that can withstand the high temperatures that occur during the casting stage, while obtaining strict tolerances and providing the possibility to fulfill the leaching process once casted.
The aerospace industry is constantly seeking to optimize the performance of its equipment. 3DCERAM SINTO believes that this will be a key driver for the 3D ceramic printing market. The need for light and resistant materials will be paramount in the developments demanded by the aviation industry brains trust.
The need for complex casting ceramic core design has increased dramatically with customers’ demands for smaller, more efficient and cost-effective engine airflow systems. These new complex cores are difficult to produce using traditional methods with internal cooling channels and complex design that can only be produced using 3D printing. 3DCERAM SINTO has adapted their technology to produce ceramic cores providing the following benefits.
- Flexibility of design
- Tool free technology
- Shorter lead times, perfect for prototyping
- Complex shapes
- Excellent surface quality
- Adapting to the end customers future needs and demands.
The choice of ceramic used to produce foundry cores is a very important part of the 3D process. There are some important points that the manufactures of cores must consider when deciding on which ceramic to use
- The type of alloy used for the core production
- The complexity of the core
- There must be no chemical reaction between the core and the metal during the melting phase
- The ability to successfully complete the leaching step
- A low CTE and relatively high mechanic resistance.
3DCERAM SINTO have developed a range of pastes and suspensions to achieve an optimal printing results of foundry cores. These pastes have been developed to guarantee a quality of product equal to traditional methods.
3DCERAM SINTO have optimized their paste with the customers criteria in many cases in the form of on demand formulation of ceramic paste to adhere to the machine’s parameters. This has permitted clients to use their ‘own’ ceramic powders while using the breaking technology of ceramic 3D printing.