Ceramco manufactures highly-configured, complex-shaped ceramic parts using either of three injection molding processes, or additive manufacturing. Although there are numerous variables in determining the system of choice, the length of the production run often is a key factor in the decision.
- LPIM (Low Pressure Injection Molding) – for shorter production runs
- HPIM (High Pressure Injection Molding) – for longer production runs
- MicroPIM (High Pressure Injection Molding) – for longer production runs of parts as small as 0.05 grams
- Additive Manufacturing, (3D printing) – providing its own unique capabilities and economies, additive manufacturing serves both longer and shorter production runs
All these systems have unique advantages and produce a near-net shape composed of ceramic powders and a binder.
Following their manufacture, the ceramic parts are then fired at extremely high temperatures. The resultant fired ceramic parts are very close to their final shape, yielding little waste and requiring minimal follow-up machining (if any at all) hence the name: “near-net shape.”
The process of first forming then firing a ceramic powder into a solid ceramic part is a form of powder metallurgy due to its similarity to the more familiar casting process.
Near-net Shaping Ceramic Parts Save Money
Producing custom ceramic components can be costly. Ceramco’s near-net shaping reduces those costs. All of our manufacturing processes feature:
- Minimal raw materials, little waste
- Reduced total heat energy requirement for firing
- Reduced and often simpler follow-up machining
- Reduced total production time
Additive manufacturing adds another huge cost-saving benefit:
- No tooling is required
People Making it Happen
At Ceramco, the manufacturing of many of the custom ceramic parts does not stop after near-net shaping. Extremely complex and high tolerance ceramic parts designs often require follow-up processing. Ceramco's staff is highly skilled in the machining, glazing and assembly of virtually any custom ceramic part we manufacture.
Ready to Make it Happen for You
Do you need a quotation on your print for a custom ceramic part? Contact Ceramco. You'll be greeted by a courteous customer service specialist ready to provide immediate, personal assistance. Ceramco specializes in manufacturing custom ceramic parts with complex geometries, matching the appropriate forming process to your order's specifications and quantity: