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Doubling of Capacity


Additive Manufacturing for Ceramic Components… Rapid Prototyping & Production Quantities

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.

Learn more about additive manufacturing from Ceramco at: http://www.ceramcoceramics.com/products/custom-3d-printing_additive-manufacturing/custom_3d-printing_additive-manufacturing.php

About Ceramco

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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For more information, please contact Thomas Henriksen:

T.henriksen@ceramcoceramics.com
1-603-447-2090

Ceramco, Inc.
1467 East Main Street
Center Conway NH USA 03813


SILICON NITRIDE CUSTOM COMPONENTS IN LARGE QUANTITIES

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.

Learn more about silicon nitride custom components from Ceramco at:
http://www.ceramcoceramics.com/materials/silicon-nitride/silicon-nitride.php

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.

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Images available:

  1. Additive manufactured silicon nitride sensor part
  2. Injection molded silicon nitride machine tool cutter insert
  3. Injection molded silicon nitride test disc for electrical properties
  4. Injection molded silicon nitride wear tip for oil and gas market

Release also available as:

  1. PDF
  2. Word.docx

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For more information, please contact Thomas Henriksen:

T.henriksen@ceramcoceramics.com
1-603-447-2090

Ceramco, Inc.
1467 East Main Street
Center Conway NH USA 03813

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS HENRIKSEN, PRESIDENT AND CERAMIST, DISCUSSING CERAMCO’S 3D PRINTING CAPABILITIES

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.

British Standard Solid Ceramic Flat Washers Added to Ceramco’s Stock Ceramic Fastener Inventory

 

new A998 alumina flat washer sizes now in stock

British Standard A998 alumina flat washer sizes now in stock

British Standard sizes of Ceramco’s A998 alumina flat washers were added in answer to ever-increasing requests for solid ceramic fasteners in a greater variety of sizes. Our British Standard solid ceramic flat washer sizes include: M2, M3, M4, M5, M6 and M8. Dimensions per BS 4320. They are now in-stock, available for immediate shipment and can be ordered online through Ceramco’s e-commerce fastener portal at: www.ceramicfasteners.com

Our British Standard flat washers (as with all Ceramco’s solid ceramic fasteners) are 100% molded, using our near-net shaping process, then fired to full density. Ceramco solid ceramic fasteners are never machined or fatigued from harsh grinding.

Ceramco’s British Standard solid ceramic flat washers are heat resistant, corrosion resistant, non-conductive and do not out-gas. Markets served by Ceramco’s stock ceramic fasteners include: aviation and aerospace, scientific instrumentation, energy R&D and production and personal care products.

Our British Standard solid ceramic flat washers are ideal in almost any application in which metal alloy fasteners or plastic fasteners fail, or simply do not possess the properties demanded by the environments in which they must perform.

All Ceramco’s solid ceramic fasteners are made in America, in Center Conway NH following ISO 9001-2015 quality standards. Ceramco is also ITAR registered.

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For more information, please contact Thomas Henriksen:

T.henriksen@ceramcoceramics.com
1-603-447-2090

Ceramco, Inc.
1467 East Main Street
Center Conway NH USA 03813

CERAMCO, INC. ACHIEVES ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFICATION

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.”

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Images available for this release:  ● Ceramco’s ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

For more information, please contact Thomas Henriksen.

t.henriksen@ceramcoceramics.com

+1 603-447-2090
Ceramco, Inc.
1467 East Main Street
Center Conway, NH 03813

www.ceramcoceramics.com

CERAMCO, INC. LAUNCHES E-COMMERCE PORTAL FOR ITS COMPREHENSIVE LINE OF SOLID CERAMIC MACHINE SCREWS, BOLTS, FLAT WASHERS AND HEX NUTS

 

Ceramco's line of stock fasteners available from Ceramco's e-commerce portal.

Ceramco’s line of stock ceramic fasteners available from Ceramco’s e-commerce portal.

Ceramco, Inc. (Center Conway, New Hampshire) announces the 24/7 availability of its new e-commerce portal: https://www.ceramicfasteners.com. This portal is designed solely for the sale of Ceramco’s own solid zirconia and alumina fasteners, made in their plant in Center Conway, New Hampshire, USA.
Upon visiting the portal, prospective buyers will find a comprehensive, easy to identify selection of machine screws, bolts, flat washers and hex nuts in both U.S. inch standard and metric sizes. Most machine screws and bolts are available, in either flat, pan, hex or cap head styles, in either Phillips, slotted or socket as is applicable. All bolts and screws have matching hex nuts also available.
Fastener sizes range from: #0-80 to 3/8″-16 (U.S. inch) and M2 to M8 (metric). Flat washer sizes range from: #0 to 1” (U.S. inch) and M2 to M20 (metric). Many sizes in both U.S. inch and metric are available in either solid zirconia or solid alumina. Available sizes and lengths vary and may be dependent upon material properties and performance characteristics.
These fasteners are intended for scientific instruments, laser chambers, medical devices, fuel cell stacks, and other industrial applications in which metal alloy fasteners or plastic fasteners fail, or simply do not possess the properties demanded by the harsh environments in which they must perform. They are resistant to heat and corrosion, are non-conductive and are non-out-gassing.
All of Ceramco’s ceramic fasteners are 100% net shaped in solid ceramic and then fired to full density. Ceramco stock ceramic fasteners are never machined or fatigued from harsh grinding. Additional mechanical properties data for the screws and bolts are to be added in future updates to the Ceramco fastener portal.
U.S. orders received before noon Eastern Standard Time (M-F) ship same day. All major credit cards accepted. Purchase orders accepted from Ceramco customers with established credit.
Visit the Ceramco fastener portal at: https://www.ceramicfasteners.com

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Background:
In business since 1982, Ceramco’s primary focus is as an OEM manufacturer of custom technical ceramics of complex geometries for customer-specific applications serving numerous markets, including: aviation & aerospace, scientific instrumentation, energy, textiles and personal care products. Along the way Ceramco learned there are many applications that benefit from the properties ceramics offer, but require only a traditional or “stock” size and shape fastener.
“We’ve been selling our stock ceramic fasteners for years,” said Thomas Henriksen, Ceramco President. “Until the launch of our fastener portal, orders were handled over the phone or through e-mail. Our fastener portal now allows new and existing customers to order immediately and at their convenience,” Henriksen added.

For more information, please contact Thomas Henriksen

T.henriksen@ceramcoceramics.com
1-603-447-2090

Ceramco, Inc.
P.O. Box 300
1467 East Main Street
Center Conway, NH 03813

The Association of American Ceramic Component
Manufacturers at Applied Research Center, Aiken SC

On Wednesday, October 14, 2014, in a state-of-the-art laboratory, ceramic component manufacturers were exposed to a large dose of the latest, practical technology under development in the United States.

Association of American Ceramic Component ManufacturesAACCM (The Association of American Ceramic Component Manufactures) held its fall 2014 meeting at ARC (Applied Research Center). AACCM’s members are U.S. companies manufacturing ceramic components from ceramic powders. ARC researchers are expanding the limits of hydrogen, solar, wind, and microwave energy technology, along with other forms of advanced technology. ARC serves the needs of government, academia, and the private sector.

AACCM’s meeting agenda at ARC began covering old and new business and an election of officers. Thomas Henriksen was re-elected AACCM’s President. A technical presentation: “Hybrid Microwave Technology” followed, given by Dr. George Wicks, Wicks Consulting Services, LLC. Dr. Wicks served as Senior Advisory Scientist to the Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Savannah River Technology Center, also located at ARC in Aiken, SC.

An appropriate lead-in, Dr. Wick’s presentation was followed by an introduction to ARC via a technical presentation by Dr. Joette Sonnenberg, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Security and Engineering, Savannah River National Laboratory at ARC. A tour of ARC’s facilities immediately followed Dr. Sonnenberg’s presentation. AACCM members were also invited to ARC’s Energy Materials Research Lab, which opened in 2013.

Aiken, South Carolina is ARC’s home. While Aiken’s 21st century spotlight may fall on the area’s contribution to practical technology, its history is steeped in tradition and its love of thoroughbred horses. Since the early 1940s Aiken SC remains considered a national polo capital and is the breeding ground and training locale for 39 champion thoroughbreds.

For more information, please contact Thomas Henriksen:

T.henriksen@ceramcoceramics.com
1-603-447-2090
Ceramco, Inc.
P.O. Box 300
1467 East Main Street
Center Conway, NH 03813

Samuel Moore, Giving His All Until the Very End

On Monday, March 9, 2015 Samuel Moore, Ceramco’s Ceramic Engineer was not at work, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t working. That Monday Sam was giving his all, participating in a Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser at the Wildcat Ski Area in Pinkham Notch, NH. The event: “100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge,” was to be the last challenge of Sam’s life. Authorities say Sam, an experienced skier, lost control, veering off the path and into a tree-covered area and over a cliff.

Samuel Moore, Ceramco’s Ceramic Engineer

Samuel Moore, Ceramco’s Ceramic Engineer

Sam joined Ceramco, Inc. in October of 2011 as a Ceramic Engineer. One might immediately envision such a position being filled by an egghead in a lab coat who never ventured beyond his office or lab. Just as Sam tackled the Challenge at Wildcat, he was always “hands-on” at Ceramco. His clear understanding not only of the science of ceramics, but of its manufacturing process, made Sam an incredibly versatile and valued asset.

“When something needed doing to meet a deadline, or just to fill a gap in our workforce, Sam rolled-up his sleeves doing whatever he could to help,” said Thomas Henriksen, Ceramco’s President. “Ceramco is a small business in which I, as its President, am actively involved. Sam once said to me: ‘you can’t do everything Thomas, let me help.’ I soon learned to trust that Sam could and would do whatever it took and would do it very well.”

Similarly outside of work, if Sam saw opportunity to do something he was interested in, he got involved. His interests were broad including not only skiing, but mountain biking, boat restoration and the dream of one day building his own greenhouse. “Sam wanted to learn to prune trees, so he took a local course. One weekend, chainsaw in hand, Sam helped me with my apple orchard,” recalls Henriksen of Sam’s diverse interests and skills. As recently as this year, Sam had planned to take a local pottery class. “He only recently moved to North Conway NH. It is likely the class would have been more an opportunity to meet people.” said Henriksen, “He undoubtedly knew more about pottery and ceramics than the instructor.”

Sam’s sacrifice at the Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser at the Wildcat Ski Area is a testament to his willingness to always do whatever it took, as in this instance he literally gave it his all. Everyone at Ceramco will miss Sam and extend their deepest condolences to his family.

For more information, please contact Thomas Henriksen:

T.henriksen@ceramcoceramics.com
1-603-447-2090
Ceramco, Inc.
P.O. Box 300
1467 East Main Street
Center Conway, NH 03813