Laser Stereolithography allows for fast and effective 3D printing of functional ceramic parts. The technology prints successive layers using a laser that polymerizes a paste composed of photosensitive resin and ceramic.
Laser Stereolithography is a unique technology that sees ceramic components being produced by using a laser to polymerize a paste composed of photosensitive resin and ceramic layer by layer. The parts are then subjected to heat treatment for debinding followed by sintering to eliminate the resin and support and densify the ceramic. Post-treatment processes such as polishing can be administered at the end to give the product a different finish.
Ceramic products can be made swiftly and effectively without relying on the traditional ceramic making process or molding. As such, Laser Stereolithography technology is a much more convenient way of making ceramic products. Furthermore, it allows for highly customised and geometrically complex shapes to be made in a fast and cost-efficient way.
With such freedom in design, excellent material properties and efficiency, new opportunities for product differentiation and development are abundant. Ceramic 3D printing is especially suitable to be used in the aerospace, industrial, biomedical as well as luxury goods fields.