StoneFlower3D, a German ceramic additive manufacturing company has unveiled a printhead. This printhead will be used for processing concrete, pastes, and clay in additive manufacturing.
The long-lasting and corrosion-proof extruder, the print head is designed for the additive manufacturing of pastes and clay. This is in academic studies, professional environments, and material science.
The device is called Printhead 3.0 and has been CNC-milled from stainless steel AL6061-T6 and 1.4301 304/V2A alloy. This is to ensure its stability. Furthermore, it has an optimized design meant to maintain a smooth material flow. This helps to avoid jamming and leaks. Printhead 3.0 is accessible to buy on the website of StoneFlower3D for € 240.
The company was started in 2017 by Anatoly Berezkin. This is a startup that specializes in paste displacement additive manufacturing technology through the use of ceramics.
Berezkin originally became popular with additive manufacturing in 2013 when he worked as a specialist at the Max-Planck Institute in Düsseldorf. Berezkin concentrates on the additive manufacturing of resins from sticky parts. It has published a number of research papers about the policies of these procedures with Covestro. Covestro a German producer of high-performance polymers.
Berezkin created the Ceramic Additive Manufacturing KIT, and unveiled the StoneFlower3D firm and Kickstarter drive across the technology. This is after getting knowledge in the growth of automated study equipment, developing 3D printers and CNC routers in his period at Technical University of Munich (TUM).
The Ceramic AM KIT comprises of a ram extruder printhead, and control system. It may be set up several desktop FDM printers. This is through utilizing the given pipes, joining wires and adapters, enabling them to print in porcelain or clay.
StoneFlower3D has as well created its desktop 3D printer. The machine is furnished with a 480 x 480 x 500 mm print volume. The StoneFlower 3D machine can print in porcelain, clay, porcelain, paste concrete, and paints. Clients have an option of double extrusion design of the 3D machine on demand. The StoneFlower 3D machine costs 3499 € ($3,859.94).
Most Ceramic 3D printer makers such as 3DCeram, XJet, and Admatec, create processes geared towards industrial usage. This is as compared to desktop level 3D printing machines.
But different firms such as Italian 3D printer maker WASP and StoneFlower3D have also produced more convenient, affordable 3D printers for making ceramics. For instance, WASP offers its Delta WASP 40100 ceramic 3D printing machine. This can process clay, and accessible for buying and costs 6900 €.