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ZENIT Smart Polycrystals enters partnership with Lithoz

Lithoz will support the Italian start-up's development and go-to-market of 3D printed transparent polycrystal components with variable 3D chemical compositions

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Lithoz, a global market and innovation leader in ceramic 3D printing, will support the Italian start-up ZENIT Smart Polycrystals’ entrance into the SSL laser market using their patented process of 3D printing transparent polycrystal components. This partnership agreement between Lithoz and ZENIT Smart Polycrystals, based in Faenza, Italy, will support the further development and go-to-market of 3D printed transparent polycrystal components with variable 3D chemical compositions.

Lithoz will not only support the ZENIT team on a technical level by aligning their process to the powerful LCM 3D printing technology, but the partnership will also consider Lithoz’s expertise as both a spin-off and start-up in a highly innovative and dynamic market environment. Lithoz will also support its Italian partner’s entrance to the market by answering questions related to innovation strategy, market analysis, licensing, and organization.

Lithoz, which is celebrating the 11th anniversary of its founding, was created as a spin-off from the TU Wien by Dr. Johannes Benedikt and Dr. Johannes Homa. Since then, the company has grown into a global market and innovation leader with a range of industry-trusted ceramic 3D printers used for various industrial and medical applications, and has established its LCM technology as an industrial standard for ceramic 3D printing.

ZENIT Smart Polycrystals enters partnership with Lithoz for the development and go-to-market of 3D printed transparent polycrystal components
Lithoz printed ceramic parts.

ZENIT Smart Polycrystals, founded last year, will use Lithoz’s LCM process to take their invention to the next level – transforming it into a truly innovative product. The printed components feature varying 3D compositions – creating an improved polycrystal material that outperforms the current dominant laser-based technology. By using the ultra-precise LCM technology, which enables equal or superior material properties as those of components produced using conventional forming methods, smart components can be made even more efficiently – improving performance and opening the door to a new generation of applications.

Lithoz has always stood firmly behind its constructive partnerships with customers and innovators alike. As one of its main pillars of success right from the start, this proactive way of mutual exchange of experiences and know-how with customers not only forms an integral part of the company’s DNA, but also functions as one of its core values.

“Having been working in research and industry for more than 10 years, it is fantastic to see how our industry is growing and being seen as one of the top markets to watch. Partnerships are one of our most important values at Lithoz and we invite any innovator looking for support in a challenging project to collaborate with us – we work together with our partners to overcome even the most difficult of technological challenges and to make the future of ceramics happen already today!” said Dr. Johannes Homa, CEO of Lithoz.

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