Blending a Combination for Success
Due to its similarity to the more familiar metal casting process, Ceramco’s injection molding of ceramic powder, then its firing into a solid ceramic part (achieving a near-net shape) is also considered a form of powder metallurgy. The crossing of paths of ceramists and metallurgists in their respective disciplines does not stop there. Meeting the design criteria of the custom ceramic parts manufactured at Ceramco often require the oxide of a metal, just as they do in metallurgy. For Ceramco and our ceramists, the best example is aluminum oxide (alumina) which does exist in powder form.
Custom Blends and Scalable, Consistent Production
These custom monolithics, composites, porous ceramics, oxides and non-oxides are most often a result of collaborative R&D with our customers. Using our extensive knowledge of and experience with powder metallurgy to develop the new ceramic formulation is the first step. Virtually any ceramic fiber or powder including (in some instances) customer provided materials, can be utilized in these specialized metallurgical processes.
Ceramco’s near-net shaping is step two. Near-net shaping is designed to accommodate virtually any custom ceramic blend, producing a “near finished” ceramic part. Ceramco’s production is vertically integrated to accommodate orders of virtually any size, yet maintain the ceramic part’s tolerance and consistency utilizing the custom blend now documented as part of Ceramco’s quality assurance.
Success Stories Utilizing Custom Ceramic Blends
- Adding chromium dioxide to alumina to improve wear properties and match the color of an existing product
- Creating a graphite-like ceramic to look and perform like graphite but satisfy a cleanliness requirement graphite could not meet
- Using customer provided powder in our near-net shaping process to produce ceramic test bars and material samples
- Incorporating unique, high-demand fibers and powders to make fiber reinforced ceramic matrix composite (CMC)
- Blending unique zirconia feedstocks with colorants, producing functional, luxury ceramics, such as knife blades and makeup applicator tips
Similar Principles Yielding Unique Results
Materials formulation for Ceramco’s custom ceramic parts shares similar principles not only with the metallurgist, but also with the baker. Just as the baker introduces different flours into the combination of sugar, salt, and yeast to produce unique breads, Ceramco’s chemists use virtually any ceramic powder (following metallurgical principles) to produce the ceramic alloys, or unique ceramic material, necessary to satisfy the requirements of the custom ceramic part’s intended application, including the markets we currently serve, including:
- Aviation & Aerospace
- Enery R&D and Development
- Scientific Instrumentation
- Consumer Products, Wearable Technology
People Making it Happen
Both powder metallurgy and materials formulation demand expertise to yield a custom ceramic part that meets the customer’s specifications. But it does not stop there. Ceramco’s highly skilled staff continues meeting the challenges of new markets, often with unique environmental demands.
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: