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The specialists of the Research Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (NII PMM) Tomsk State University jointly with the engineers of the company “InTeh-M” collected experimental industrial design of the first in Russia of 3D-printers for printing monolithic ceramics.
The system was named RoCust X600. The device allows you to install up to two printheads and produce elements of dimensions 600 × 400 × 300 mm.
Curiously, the new installation makes it possible to print products not only of ceramics, but also from different types of plastic. “ Now we can produce items made of ceramics faster, cheaper and more accurate than allowing common injection molding method of “, – said a senior researcher at the Tomsk State University Vladimir Shots (on the photo)
Until now, the main method of producing ceramic products were injection molding, which is not possible to create products of complex configuration. Currently, there are methods of 3D-printing complex geometry of products, but they allow you to obtain a porous product with residues of adhesives and low strength.
Russian scientists succeeded in developing the world’s first 3D-printing method ceramics, competing in their properties with high alloy steel non-ferrous metals and hard alloys.
In Tomsk State University implemented a full production cycle: first, the scientists obtained ceramic powders then are made thermoplastic paste – “ink” for the printer, and then print the product is sintered at high temperature, and so they acquire the necessary properties. The original design of 3D-printers allows you to produce heavy-duty elements of up to 200 microns. These ceramics are in demand in the aerospace industry, the chemical and oil and gas industry.