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June 22, 2020
SUPSI invests in Admaflex 130 3D printer for development of porous ceramic architectures for filtration, catalysis and heat exchange
The department of Innovative Technologies of Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI) located in Manno, Switzerland, was looking to invest in an industrial 3D printer to develop and produce ceramic components through the ceramic stereolithography process. As part of the department, there is a specific group of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Technology (MEMTI). The MEMTI group already had experience with several commercial available 3D printers to manufacture components using the Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology, both with “bottom-up” and “top-down” approach. To take the next step in ceramic material development and production, the group, under the lead of Prof. Alberto Ortona, head of the Hybrid Materials Laboratory at MEMTI, invested in the Admaflex 130 3D printer to develop new ceramic materials for the production of components with complex features.
The design freedom offered by 3D printing allows for the production of complex designs such as fine features in porous ceramic architectures. Another benefit is the shorter development time and faster time-to-market. DLP 3D printing offers a precise production technology with very good surface quality and fine details. The Admaflex 130 3D printer combines precision and speed at an attractive price/performance ratio. As many companies prefer to use their own ceramic material formulation, the Admaflex 130 with its open software is an ideal tool for development of own printing materials. The high printing speed allows a cost-effective production of complex ceramic components.