Tethon 3D, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, a producer of ceramic powders and photo curable ceramic polymers for Additive Manufacturing, has been awarded a grant by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to pursue the design and production of a ceramic and metal Additive Manufacturing system. The project, titled ‘A Novel DLP 3D Printer Optimized for Ceramics and Metals’, will begin immediately and will see Tethon 3D collaborate with engineers at the University of Nebraska on the system’s development.
Karen Linder, Tethon 3D CEO, stated, “While there are more than a dozen SLA and DLP 3D printers that work well and are compatible with our UV curable ceramic and metal materials, they are all designed for plastic polymers. By optimising a DLP printer for ceramics and metals and formulating our materials specifically for this enhanced printer, the industry can produce stronger and higher resolution ceramic and metal 3D printed parts with the convenience and lower expenses of desktop DLP technology.”
“The Academic Research and Development Program supports partnerships between Nebraska entrepreneurs and academic institutions, and continues to produce incredible results in terms of putting our companies on the leading-edge of innovation and enhancing their industry competitiveness,” added Dave Rippe, Nebraska DED Director. “We congratulate Tethon 3D and the University of Nebraska on their new venture, and look forward to their success.”
The launch of this collaborative project creates a new hardware division for the Tethon 3D, which has previously produced only AM feedstock. “Our printer will create new opportunities for designers to develop complex ceramic and metal components and will enable higher volume manufacturing of 3D printed ceramics and metals. We are passionate about creating new markets, fabricating designs that were previously impossible and disrupting existing manufacturing approaches.”