How Can CIM Benefit from Additive Manufacturing?
In the field of ceramic processing, there is a strong need for the introduction of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Tools for ceramic injection molding (CIM) are expensive and require significant lead times which severely restrict the suitability of CIM for the production of small scale series or customized products. These are actually perfect conditions for the implementation of AM technologies; however, so far no adequate prototyping technology was available. The main reason for that are the high demands on high-performance ceramics – these materials are used where other materials fail, thus the quality and the reliability of the parts are crucial.