Another innovative surprise: 3-D home printing of ceramic materials

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It turns out that not only the ability to print metals home-made can become a reality in the near future, but also the printing of rigid and impressive ceramic materials - assuming you also have a programmable oven at your fingertips

Despite what feels like relative quiet, the world of three-dimensional home printing and 3-D printing in general may face a very significant revolution in the near future - thanks to two different technologies that will significantly expand the supply and range of materials that can be used to create accessible forms and structures.

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After seeing Ability 3D, which promised to provide three-dimensional home metal printing capability at a relatively reasonable price and soon (relatively), we also get acquainted with Formlabs, which declares that it has developed Unique for printing using glass-like ceramic materials, resistant to scratches and heat and has a rounded and smooth shape.

Formlabs believes it has a first practical implementation of a new breakthrough in the 3D printing market
Formlabs believes it has a first practical implementation of a new breakthrough in the 3D printing market

The company, which was born out of MIT at 2011, has unveiled an unusual ceramic resin designed for its Form family printers, based on plastic liquid resins and not on hard material wires like many other models.

The new ceramic resin is basically similar to the other, more standard materials the company offers, but includes ceramic micro-particles that can transform it into a hard, shiny shell desired after a very specific oven baking.


Some examples of what can be created in a porcelain-like material
Some examples of what can be created in a porcelain-like material

Printing with the ceramic clay without the completion of the baking process will provide a solid material that is very similar to ceramic material but does not include those unique characteristics of heat resistance or scratches, and the addition of the baking process will be the great revolution for the home users who are interested.

The company emphasizes that the ceramic resin is an experimental formula only, and this is also apparent in the printing process itself, which includes, according to the description, "spreading a protective sheet over the printing surface and vigorously shaking the cartridge during the printing process" for optimal results, plus more than ten hours of furnace fire, To be exact) for such completion, when any deviation from the strict guidelines may create cracks and inconsistencies in the final product.

It is not easy to create a quality ceramic body ... in the meantime
It is not easy to create a quality ceramic body ... in the meantime

However, when the Form 2 printer is offered for sale for 3,500 and offers dimensions that are quite reasonable for the home-based consumer, we seem to have the ability to declare that this is the first step towards using a new and completely new month in 3D printing by anyone who wants to, Only by large industrial companies. We hope that from now on, these printing and manufacturing processes will only improve and become easier and more available.

The Form 2 learns a new and cool trick
The Form 2 learns a new and cool trick