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Canon developed alumina-based ceramic material for high-res 3D printing

Canon developed alumina-based ceramic material for high-res 3D printing

Written by David

November 28, 2018

The big three characteristics that hardware developers are often working to improve on their 3D printers are print speed, build volume, and accuracy/resolution. Some companies specialize in large-scale 3D printing while others focus on high-speed production , and of course many focus on producing the most detailed and precise 3D prints. Canon , the Tokyo-based company known worldwide for their cameras and photo printers, has decided to pursue the latter path by creating a new ceramic material that results in extremely high-resolution parts. The substrate is an alumina-based ceramic powder that is sintered together with a selective laser melting 3D printer. Unlike other ceramic-infused resins that are cured with an SLA (stereolithography) 3D printer and experience up to 20% shrinkage in the final annealing bake, the Canon ceramic parts experience dimensional differences after the annealing stage of less than 0.8%. Dimensional accuracy is crucial for interlocking parts and industrial […]

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