Stijn Lambrechts, Business development and Innovation – Additive Manufacturing at Sirris, presents at the 3D Printing Materials Conference: “Ceramic printing technology overview”.
Additive manufacturing is the third industrial revolution. There are more and more different technologies in this field, each having its range of usable materials. Initially, only polymers were used. These techniques (SLA, SLS, FDM) are now proven and widely available. Gradually, technologies to process metals have emerged (DMLS, LBM, EBM, cladding, AJP). Today, they have reached a – more or less – advanced development stage, and more and more, they are being widely used. The use of ceramics in additive manufacturing is, however, more recent. On the one hand, because the demand is still weak in certain areas, on the other hand, because there are still many technical challenges to their implementation.
There are no specific techniques to process ceramics, it is the polymers and metal technologies that have been adapted, in order to shape ceramics, directly or indirectly. Each of these techniques has its advantages and disadvantages, as well as its own limitations, mainly in terms of component size. An overview will allow you to see the forest for the trees in ceramic additive manufacturing: stereolithography, 3D printing, laser fusion, direct additive and aerosol printing.
About Stijn Lambrechts
As a specialist in business development & innovation Stijn helps companies with their innovations using additive manufacturing. This ranges from creating specific designs and selecting or developing specific production technologies and materials, to determining process parameters and manufacturing the first piece or small series. Stijn has always had a passion for technology and its application in the industry. He has a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering, obtained from the KU Leuven, and a Master’s in General Management, obtained from the Vlerick School of Management. Before joining Sirris, Stijn was a business developer of technological products in technological applications, such as welding consumables for hardfacing and filtration solutions.
Sirris is the collective centre for and by the technological industry. It offers Belgian companies three key assets to help them remain innovative: years of experience and comprehensive expertise in a wide range of industries, high-tech testing infrastructure spread across the country and an extensive network of partners. This way Sirris helps large and smaller players in Belgian industry make the right technological choices, rapidly turn innovations into marketable products and services and achieve sustainable economic growth.
In working with our experts, you will tap their knowledge and experience, while using our high-tech infrastructure, to explore the full range of possibilities offered by new technologies.
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