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CeraFab 7500 ceramic 3D printer installed remotely in Australia

Lithoz's machine is now operational at the University of Wollongong's ANFF

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Current COVID-19 travel restrictions have not stopped Lithoz GmbH from reaching its global market, with the latest CeraFab 7500 3D printer installed remotely at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia.

A partnership between Lithoz, UOW and Australasian 3D printing technology provider Objective3D made the remote installation possible. The high-resolution ceramic printer will be used for a broad range of applications in the development of bioprinting hardware.

The printer was purchased by the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) Materials Node, which is based at UOW, for use at the Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP). TRICEP works with research institutions and industry to develop innovative technologies using 3D bioprinting.

CeraFab 7500 ceramic 3D printer installed remotely in Australia
Lithoz CeraFab 7500

Lithoz CEO Dr. Johannes Homa said the project highlighted the importance of agile working. “We are world and industry technology providers for ceramic 3D printing systems and materials and have been working in research and industry for more than 10 years. After the past year, it has become clear to us just how critical flexibility in the manufacturing world is, and we are very happy that this remote installation has been a success,” Dr. Homa said.

The investment from ANFF will give TRICEP a highly flexible means of customizing and producing devices to support material development research worldwide. TRICEP Associate Director A/Prof Stephen Beirne said the team was thrilled to have access to this exciting new technology.

“The CeraFab 3D printer provides us with access to new families of materials with properties and printing characteristics that greatly expand our service and research capabilities. The system will be immediately put to use in the development of next-generation biofabrication hardware and implantable structures.” A/Prof Beirne said.

Lithoz’s 3D printers are becoming popular in Australia with several universities already hosting at least one system and dental service provider 3rd Axis also leveraging the technology with two in-house machines.

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Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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