A second Lithoz machine is now online and in production, effectively doubling additive manufacturing capacity. Recent work on these machines include very precise features such as holes and wall thicknesses smaller than the “normal” capability envelope. The learning curve on this second machine will be quite short as Ceramco’s first machine (the first installed in North America) has been in operation for almost four years.
Most recently, Ceramco has additive manufactured parts for the medical device industry. A field bringing new challenges and even more stringent requirements we are successfully meeting.
Ceramco manufactures OEM technical ceramics of complex geometries and stock ceramic fasteners. Production technologies include additive (LCM) and injection molding. Support processes include near‐net shaping, powder metallurgy, machining/diamond grinding, glazing, coating and assembly. Material compositions include alumina, zirconia, silicon nitride and custom formulations. ISO 9001‐2015 certified and ITAR registered.
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Ceramco adds silicon nitride (Si3N4) to its list of production formulations for additive manufacturing (LCM) and high pressure injection molding (HPIM)
Ceramco, Inc., building upon its expertise in the near-net shaping of alumina and zirconia components, is now also near-net shaping silicon nitride. Tool-free LCM and HPIM makes these non-oxide silicon nitride components achievable and more cost effective. Ceramco’s near-net shaping of silicon nitride in many cases eliminates the need for any follow-up machining.
Ceramco’s silicon nitride shares the same desirable characteristics of high strength and toughness of their zirconia, but at about half the weight. The material performs in application temperatures up to 1200° C and has high resistance to wear and corrosion. Silicon nitride stands alone in its ability to withstand mechanical impact and exhibits high mechanical strength when exposed to sudden stresses.
Silicon nitride components manufactured by Ceramco include: cutting tools, sensor shields, high velocity, defense-related articles and other tough service applications. Ceramco anticipates adding LPIM (low pressure injection molding) of silicon nitride to its capabilities in the near future.
Ceramco, located in New Hampshire’s White Mountain Valley, has been manufacturing technical ceramics since 1982. We are ISO 9001 certified and ITAR registered. Our capabilities include additive manufacturing, injection molding and diamond grinding of alumina, zirconia, silicon nitride and custom formulations. We specialize in the production of custom ceramic parts with complex geometries. Stock solid alumina and zirconia fasteners are available through our e-commerce portal at: www.ceramicfasteners.com.
Viewers will gain an industrial perspective on the process of 3D printing itself and learn how 3D printing (additive manufacturing) of ceramic components compares to Ceramco’s’ conventional ceramic parts manufacturing: ceramic injection molding or CIM.
Please watch Ceramco’s 3D Printing interview video (above) or visit our YouTube Channel for this and other Ceramco videos.
Ceramco is the first manufacturer in the United States to have 3D printing capability for ceramics, giving them the edge over their competition to develop this technology and make it available to the market from a company based in the United States.
Ceramco is ISO 9001:2015 certified, ITAR registered and located in Center Conway New Hampshire USA. To learn more about Ceramco’s 3D printing capabilities, visit their website, or contact Ceramco directly.
Ceramco customers benefit from an even more comprehensive
quality management system.
In the manufacturing of custom ceramic components, the first three considerations are: Quality; Delivery; and Customer Service. Ceramco’s ISO 9001:2015 management system certification is the foundation upon which we assure the necessary standards are met for us to deliver on these promises. Ceramco re-certification from 9001:2008 to the newer 9008:2015 standard was completed this month.
ISO 9001:2015 is easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards. It places significantly higher requirements on Ceramco than the previous version of the standard. Changes include a greater focus upon both risk assessment and the customer’s perspective. Ceramco’s audit was performed and certified by CIC Management, LLC, located in Salem, New Hampshire, USA.
“If improving your management system also results in improved customer satisfaction, why then wouldn’t a company pursue it?” said Thomas Henriksen, Ceramco’s President. “The ISO 9001:2015 certification assures the necessary management system is in place, so that later we can reap its benefits in production. It is a ‘win-win’ situation for both Ceramco and its customers and it doesn’t end there. Ceramco wants to know if we delivered on our promises and (if we didn’t) what we can do to improve. Customers are encouraged to provide their feedback via our website.”
Thomas Henriksen, President of Ceramco, Inc., Center Conway NH (USA) announced this latest addition to Ceramco’s high volume PIM (powder injection molding) offerings. “This extension of our near-net shaping capability aptly named: ‘MicroPIM,’ is allowing us to produce ceramic components as small as 0.05 grams and in production quantities.”
Ceramco’s MicroPIM utilizes many of the alumina or zirconia production formulations Ceramco currently uses for its high volume manufacturing of larger components. “The incredibly small scale of MicroPIM, requires careful adjustments to the feedstock to achieve a very low viscosity. Other than that, it is virtually the same process Ceramco has been using successfully for 30 years. Everything is just much smaller.” added Henriksen.
MicroPIM-formed ceramic components are already found in applications including: fiber-optic ferrules and wire bonding nozzles. Also, they are serving more broadly defined markets including: medical and electrical interconnects.
Ceramics step-in when metal alloy or plastic components fail, or simply do not possess the properties demanded by the harsh environments in which they must perform. MicroPIM-formed components expand upon Ceramco’s ability to offer customers a ceramic alternative. “Never again will I have to tell a customer: ‘the part you’re asking us to make is too small,’” added Henriksen.
Image: Clamping frames – Typical of the scale and precision achieved by Ceramco’s MicroPIM process.
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Thomas Henriksen, President of Ceramco, Inc. and Bud Cass, Board Chairman of Advanced Cerametrics, Inc. (ACI) today jointly announced the sale of ACI’s high pressure ceramic injection molding (HPIM) production line and related process technology to Ceramco, Inc. Mr. Henriksen noted that, “The purchase of this long established, superior technology is a perfect adjunct to Ceramco’s existing low pressure injection molding product line (LPIM). The new capability expands Ceramco’s already broad product range, providing much higher volume capacity, higher tolerance production and, most importantly, the ability to make much thicker walls and cross sections.”
Mr. Cass noted that, “The transfer of this technology to Ceramco is a natural progression of our long standing relationship with them. ACI is focusing on its ceramic fiber technology and sees Ceramco as the ideal manufacturer to have transferred this technology to by continuing to offer HPIM products to ACI’s existing customers in addition to the new opportunities afforded Ceramco with this capability. We are pleased to have placed our customers in Ceramco’s hands, because we are certain that they will be given the attention and quality they have become accustomed to with ACI.”
The production line was set up in 3,500 square feet of unused warehouse space at Ceramco’s Center Conway, NH headquarters and involves 6-10 employees, engineers and supervisory personnel with more being added as the new HPIM products are integrated into Ceramco’s established LPIM business. The transfer of this production line frees up about 4,500 square feet of controlled environment space at ACI, which will be used to expand ACI’s piezoelectric ceramic fiber Energy Harvesting product line and electronic assembly operations.
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