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Canon Announces Ceramic 3D Printing Materials

3D printed ceramic parts [Image courtesy of Fabbaloo] Japanese giant Canon announced new ceramic 3D printer materials. Wait, you didn’t know that Canon produces 3D printers? Indeed they do, and you will find they focus on the industrial market. Even though the company is best known for its consumer goods, Canon produces a large amount of large-scale industrial gear. One of their product lines is 3D printers. Specifically, the Canon equipment uses a stereolithography process, in which a photopolymer is selectively solidified by a laser. This is essentially the SLA process as used in many other 3D printing systems. Stereolithography is one of the 3D printing processes that is relatively easy to scale up to large sizes: you simply increase the size of the reservoir holding the photopolymer and extend the range of the laser by adapting mirror systems. That size alone makes the process suitable for industrial use. […]

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