Lithoz supplies Fraunhofer IKTS with its third CeraFab ceramic AM machine

April 10, 2020

Lithoz GmbH, Vienna, Austria, recently reported that the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS), headquartered in Dresden, Germany, has installed its third CeraFab ceramic AM machine. Fraunhofer IKTS is Europe‘s largest R&D institute at the forefront of developing high-performance ceramic materials and advancing relevant manufacturing processes. 

The CeraFab System, Lithoz explains, can incorporate up to four production units with an increased building speed compared to previous models, allowing for a significant increase in productivity. A central element of the CeraFab System creates a database for storing and handling process data, which facilitates the seamless documentation of print jobs. Furthermore, machine and process monitoring is carried out in real time. The current generation of projectors with WQXGA resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels) ensures the absolute precision of the additively manufactured component (particularly in the micrometer range), in combination with an objective lens specially developed for the process.

According to the company, more and more industries and early AM adopters are moving from prototyping to serial production, and Lithoz states that it is seeing this transition first-hand as approximately 25% of its current customers have at least two Lithoz Additive Manufacturing systems in operation.

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