CeramTec to install XJet Carmel 3D printer

CeramTec, which develops and manufactures parts made from ceramics, is to install an XJet Carmel 1400C 3D printer within its Industrial Applications department at its headquarters in Plochingen near Stuttgart in Germany.

XJet has developed this Carmel 1400 additive manufacturing printer for producing metal and ceramic parts.

CeramTec specialises in high tech ceramics, including developing advanced ceramic materials to expand the range of suitable applications. The company serves a variety of industrial markets, including medical technology such as orthopaedic and dental implants, medical equipment, plus automotive and electronics. 

CeramTec will use XJet’s alumina material with the Carmel printer. This is an oxide ceramic, meaning a ceramic that contains metal oxides such as aluminium oxide and is said to offer good electrical insulation, thermal conductivity and heat and corrosion resistance as well as good strength and wear resistance. It’s typically used for electrical insulators, piping components and machining and cutting tools.

Horst Garbrecht, President Industrial at CeramTec, commented: “While we continue to use and invest in many other ceramic manufacturing methods, additive manufacturing is where we see significant opportunity for growth and value, and we are delighted to be supported by XJet in our vision.” 

Horst Garbrecht, President of Industrial at CeramTec, which specialises in products made from ceramic.

XJet also supplies another ceramic material, Zirconia, as well as stainless steel. The Carmel 3D printer is available in two versions – the 1400M for metal and the 1400C for ceramics. It’s essentially an inkjet system, jetting the material in the form of nano particles suspended in a liquid carrier. The parts are built up in layers, helped by a soluble support material. Once complete, the parts are sintered overnight, which creates strong, dense parts. 

Jan Stenner, Vice President Operations Europe for CeramTec, added: “The XJet Carmel is a very good AM system that holds its own against traditional manufacturing, while providing new opportunities in dimensional freedom. Our customers expect parts with the high levels of quality and performance we consistently provide with traditional manufacturing methods. XJet parts certainly measure up, and with our post-processing we can ensure high levels of productivity.”

CeramTec traces its history back to 1903 when Thomaswerke was set up, initially manufacturing porcelain products at its production site in Marktredwitz, Germany. The company was taken over by Philipp Rosenthal & Co in 1908 and by 1921 was working with AEG in the development of technical porcelain. The two companies reorganised this cooperation in 1971, establishing Rosenthal Stemag Technische Keramik to manufacture technical ceramics. In 1985 the company was acquired by Hoechst AG and renamed Hoechst CeramTec AG. The company has grown considerably through acquisition and is itself currently owned by a consortium of funds led by BC Partners, but also including PSP Investments and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. It has production sites and subsidiaries in Europe, North and South America as well as Asia. 

You can find further details from ceramtec-group.com and xjet3d.com.


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