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D3-AM introduces Micro-Particle Jetting for technical ceramics AM

A powerful new material jetting process and system that can be used for zirconia, alumina and silicon carbide parts

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At Formnext 2023, D3-AM GmbH is showcasing LABII, a new hardware system for technical ceramics based on the new and groundbreaking Micro-Particle Jetting process. With the development of the Micro-Particle Jetting (MPJ) printing technology, D3 has managed to overcome the limitations of conventional inkjet systems, enabling the direct printing of water-based, highly concentrated suspensions with almost any particle size and distribution.

The result, after sintering, is the production of complex, high-quality, and dense components through intelligent droplet generation. From coarse-grained silicon carbide to fine-grained zirconia, Micro-Particle Jetting and the LABII system offer boundless possibilities in material development.

“Material Jetting, from a theoretical standpoint, represents the most promising technology in additive manufacturing as it enables the construction of objects drop by drop, voxel by voxel,” says Stefan Waldner, Chief Product Officer of D3-AM GmbH. “However, the previous material limitations for conventional inkjet print heads have been a significant barrier to market breakthrough. By eliminating material compatibility restrictions, we enable the production of components previously deemed impossible. Our technology has the potential to transform the manufacturing process of the future, from aerospace to the energy transition.”

D3-AM introduces Micro-Particle Jetting for technical ceramics AM and LABII system for zirconia, alumina and silicon carbide parts

D3-AM introduces Micro-Particle Jetting for technical ceramics AM and LABII system for zirconia, alumina and silicon carbide parts
The image provides insights into the potential of the technology: due to the use of water-based suspensions, with MPJ, delicate and thick-walled dense ceramic components can be printed.

D3-AM GmbH is a spin-off and a corporate startup of the Durst Group, a world-leading manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies. By leveraging the extensive and cross-industry expertise of the Durst Group, D3 is committed to transforming additive manufacturing with innovative solutions like Micro-Particle Jetting (MPJ), offering industrial production solutions such as the LABII system for high-quality components optimized for functional and application-technical areas. Ceramics are a rapidly growing area of additive manufacturing.

The basis for MJP is provided by inkjet technology, in which the Durst Group is a global leader and has been successfully digitizing new industries for decades. With the development of the special and unique print head for Micro-Particle Jetting (MPJ), D3-AM enables the direct printing of water-based suspensions with a high solids content and almost any particle size and distribution. Intelligent droplet generation creates complex, high-quality and dense components that can be sintered directly – without tool costs or additional final binding and post-processing steps.

At Formnext, D3 will be presenting its new LABII printing system and already-produced components made of alumina and sintered silicon carbide (SSiC).

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Davide Sher

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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