Ceramic at its Best
Swiss company maxon is renowned for its drive technology, which has traveled all the way to Mars in various NASA rovers. Its high-tech department for technical ceramic in Sexau near Freiburg is not as well known. Here ceramic components are now also 3D printed and perfected with lasers.
Limitless possibilities with 3D printing
The classic production of ceramic components by injection molding has now been expanded at maxon to include 3D printing. Especially for small series or components with a low print height, the lower manufacturing costs in additive manufacturing are an advantage. In addition, parts can be manufactured that would not be possible with a classic process. Thus, maxon can also produce completely individualized parts from one piece without any problems.
Using laser to reach perfection
Where machining reaches its limits, laser steps up to the plate – a high-tech tool in materials processing. For example, ceramics become more elastic the thinner they are. With wall thicknesses of one to two tenths of a millimeter and less, it is possible to create small springs or solid-state joints that can be installed in watches, for example. Basically, the laser can be used to mark, engrave, structure, cut, selectively ablate and turn components regardless of the material (ceramics, metals, plastics). Laser processing is also an environmentally friendly process, as no cleaning with chemicals is necessary.
More information: ceramic.maxongroup.com
Visit maxon this year at ceramitec in Munich/DE (Hall C1 Stand 426) and at EPHJ in Geneva/CH (Stand H104).