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Tethon 3D introduces first metal/ceramic resin for upcoming Bison 1000 DLP Printer

First samples will be on display at formnext

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Tethon 3D confirmed it is developing a new ceramic and metal UV curable resin materials formulated exclusively for the company’s upcoming DLP printer, the Bison 1000, which is currently on schedule for a Q2 2019 launch. These high-load Bison 1000 resin materials are modified versions of the company’s popular Porcelite, Castalite, Vitrolite and Ferrolite resins. They can be used to produce high-density objects with increased strength.

“Co-development of our 3D printer and resin materials has optimized both aspects of the additive manufacturing process to produce the strongest ceramic objects with the highest density and least amount of shrinkage,” says Karen Linder, Tethon 3D CEO. “Our current customers have been seeking a desktop printer for ceramics and metals and we believe by offering the Bison printer and companion resins, we will open new markets and expand the use of ceramic and metal additive manufacturing.”

Samples of the new Bison ceramic and metal materials will be available for viewing in Frankfurt during the upcoming Formnext 2018 show, in Tethon 3D’s booth. New resins include a flexible ceramic, a high-load glass-ceramic and other high load ceramic and metal materials.

Bison 1000 resin materials
The new Flexible ceramic material from Tethon 3D

Bison 1000 resin materials from flex to translucent

“The advantage of printing a flexible ceramic object is that it provides the user the ability to create a flexible composite part that can be easily attached to other parts of the same or different materials”, explains Linder. “It can then be sintered in place to shrink into a desired size and shape.”

Tethon 3D is now accepting pre-orders on the recently announced Bison 1000 through its website. Reservation does not require any payment, is non-binding, and merely assigns a spot in the queue for a purchase option upon release of the Bison 1000, which the Omaha-based company is developing in conjunction with the University of Nebraska.

Bison 1000 Resin Materials
Translucent glass-ceramic 3D print.

“Our custom resin development services are now using the Bison 1000 printer in an R&D capacity. So, these custom industrial resin materials can also take advantage of improved hardware features,” says Trent Allen, Tethon 3D director of business development. “Also, we want to assure our customers that we will continue to offer our standard platform-agnostic resin materials for SLA and DLP printing.”

Tethon 3D received a grant in August 2018 from the State of Nebraska Department of Economic Development to produce a DLP printer prototype optimized for ceramics and metals.

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