During Ceramics Expo 2019, held in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, from April 30–May 1, MicroCare, New Britain, Connecticut, USA, showcased its expanding range of debinding fluids, including its Tergo™ MCF performance fluid. Tergo MCF performance fluid reportedly has excellent solvency with low viscosity and surface tension, and a low-boiling point. This means that PEG, paraffin or other binders are selectively removed without having a negative impact on the dimensional stability of parts when they are sintered. It also enables shorter sintering times, which accelerates throughput and overall productivity.
MicroCare described Tergo MCF as a ‘new generation’ vapour degreasing fluid for cleaning parts through solvent immersion technology, as well as an effective debinder for Ceramic Injection Moulding and Additive Manufacturing. The high-purity azeotropic cleaning fluid reportedly cleans and displaces soils such as heavy grease, oils and ionic contaminant, and is compatible with a range of materials including ceramics, metals and most durable plastics and elastomers.
Rob Lee, Senior Market & Technical Manager at MicroCare, commented, “Parts manufactured using CIM require special chemistries to assist in debinding the components. We are receiving many inquiries for functional fluids to help debind parts made through Ceramic Injection Moulding, Metal Injection Moulding and Additive Manufacturing. Tergo MCF is just one of the products from MicroCare that is helping to expedite this process.”