3D printing has become a useful tool for many applications, quickly creating plastic objects with precise dimensions. Currently, 3D printing materials are predominantly plastic-based, but two American companies have developed new printing methods which would expand the capabilities of the 3D printer by enabling the printing of ceramic and metal structures with the possibility of going to market by the end of this year.
Formlabs, a Massachusetts-based 3D printing company, recently revealed their newest 3D printing resin at CES 2017, containing a high amount of ceramic particles. The resin prints exactly like traditional materials, however when the printed object is placed in an oven, the structure hardens into a strong material with ceramic properties. This new material could prove useful for creating custom dinnerware or sculptures, without the high price tag.
Additionally, Ability 3D, a Florida start-up company, has created a new printing device specifically for creating metal structures in a non-industrial setting. The device operates similar to a traditional 3D printer, except the dispenser head of the unit has been replaced with a MIG welder on a moving plate. As the device is fed MIG welding wire, the head of the unit follows a programed path to create durable objects out of aluminum, steel, or stainless steel.
Eclipse Automation is always looking for new materials and technology for projects to provide added-value to clients. Large scale customized projects include the use of the latest in mechanical, electrical & control design software, along with CNC & conventional machining, such as 3D printing. From machine vision to multiple robotic assembly systems, Eclipse offers a wide range of solutions to increase the productivity and quality of your projects.