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Fgk -Glas/Keramik- Gmbh Acquires Lithoz Multi- Material 3D Printer, The Cerafab Multi 2m30

FGK -Glas/Keramik- GmbH, major innovators in the

research and development of advanced ceramics and test labs, have recently acquired a 3D printer from Lithoz GmbH, producers of world-leading ceramic 3D printing technology. The CeraFab Multi 2M30 is a new technological development which is capable of multi-material 3D printing in a single component.

FGK -Glas/Keramik- GmbH (Forschungsinstitut für

Anorganische Werkstoffe -Glas/Keramik- GmbH), based in Germany, is a research institute which focuses on the research and development of ceramics. They use a wide range of forming technologies, now also including 3D printing, in their projects and work with different materials such as glass and ceramics. They have recently acquired a multi-material 3D printer from Lithoz GmbH, an additive manufacturing company in Vienna, Austria, who develop systems and materials for the 3D printing of high-performance ceramic components. Their new development of multi-material printing will be a useful addition to the world of 3D printing and material research.

The machine is able to combine materials such as

ceramic, metal and polymer within a single layer and also vary the material composition layer-by-layer. These material combinations allow for a mixture of properties in one component, expanding the application possibilities and enabling a broader range of design concepts. FGK -Glas/ Keramik- GmbH, along with their partners from the University of Applied Sciences of Koblenz and the University of Koblenz- Landau, plan to use this machine in their upcoming new additive manufacturing competence center.

This project, funded by the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Economics (MWVLW) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will enable the additive manufacture of almost every ceramic material, with multi- material printing further broadening the range of application fields due to the countless possible property and functionality combinations. The development of transparent components is one area of both particular interest and difficulty, as there must

be no defects so that light can pass through unhindered.

Dr.-Ing. Marcus Emmel, of FGK -Glas/Keramik- GmbH, said of the machine, “We are convinced that, with the CeraFab Multi 2M30, we have found exactly the system that can produce ceramics of the necessary quality and enable us to achieve our goals. In addition, as a newcomer to the complex field of ceramic additive manufacturing, it is essential for us to have a competent and reliable partner at our side. We are therefore very pleased that we are now taking this path together with Lithoz and promoting the additive manufacturing of ceramic materials.’

FGK (Forschungsinstitut für Anorganische Werkstoffe

-Glas/Keramik- GmbH) works in the fields of technical ceramics, phosphors and optoceramics, as well as silicate ceramics, raw materials and industrial minerals. They are an accredited testing laboratory and have been successfully working with their partners for more than 30 years. They have applied for many patents and have a wide range of equipment for different processes along the entire ceramic process chain and can therefore specifically select the forming process that ensures the desired final properties for the application.

Lithoz is a world market leader in developing and producing materials and additive manufacturing systems for the 3D printing of high-performance and bioresorbable ceramics. While their products have applications in many fields, including the medical and dental, the industrial field is one area that greatly benefits from their materials and printing systems due to the complex geometries achievable and the desirable properties of the resulting components. The company has an export share of almost 100%, nearly 70 employees and has had a subsidiary in the USA since 2017. Lithoz has also been ISO 9001-2015 certified since 2016.

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