3D-printed ceramics offer many industries a range of applications not found in many other materials.
|Ceramic 3D printing can pose a number of advantages such as simplifying the process of traditional investment casting. (Image source: Ren Services)|
We talk a lot about what’s going on with metal powders and resins and the advances in thermoplastics that are adding a whole new level of functionality to FDM printers. However ceramics are coming to occupy their own niche within additive manufacturing. By now you’re probably thinking, why focus on yet another 3D printing material? The answer is because 3D-printable ceramics offer a range in technologies and applications not found in many other areas of 3D printing.
3D printing with ceramics deserves a shoutout for a number of reasons: It has unique material properties making it applicable to a wide variety of fields; those properties allow for a design freedom unique even by the standard of additive manufacturing; that design freedom allows for creating complex geometries that would be tricky, if not impossible, in other materials and certainly impossible with any traditional manufacturing technologies; these unique qualities lead to diverse applications and a wonderfully low-to-zero material waste ratio. Finally, ceramics can be used across a surprising variety of AM technologies.