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Tethon 3D to Develop Process for Ceramic and Metal 3D Printing

TCT Magazine has recently reported on an announcement make by Tethon 3D.  The company’s latest project aims “to produce and commercialize a desktop digital light processing (DLP) system designed to print ceramic and metal materials.”

This project is being funded by a grant made by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to Tethon 3D.  While several DLP and stereolithography (SLA) machines “are compatible with Tethon’s ten ceramic and metal resins…all of those machines have been designed primarily for plastic polymers.  By developing a printing system which is optimized for its own ceramic and metal materials, Tethon 3D believes users can benefit from better quality parts and increased scalability.”

As Tethon 3D’s CEO Karen Linder explains: “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.”

In order to help move these project along, Tethon 3D will be created a new hardware division within their company.  This division “will work side by side with the University of Nebraska’s Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering.”

Jeffrey E. Shield, who is Chair of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering and Robert W. Brightfelt Professor of Engineering at the University of Nebraska, concludes: “the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering is excited for this opportunity to work with Tethon 3D on developing 3D printing technology.  [Our professors] have the complementary expertise to contribute to this project in a number of ways, and Tethon 3D is a recognized leader in developing outstanding technology.  It will be a great opportunity for our faculty and students to interact with such an outstanding company.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Tethon 3D and TCT Magazine

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