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Additive Manufacturing: Direct production of end use 3D printed products

The following Table summarizes the existing and the innovative Direct Production processes where Additive Manufacturing with SLA,DLP, LCD and Inkjet 3D printing technologies are being implemented (please adjust the zoom to read the Table):

 

SLA, DLP, LCD or InkJet 3D printing

Process

Final product

Final properties

Benefits 

Limitations 

3D resin

Direct Production DP

3D resin object

Typical properties of cured resins/polymers

Cost effective direct production for short runs of 3D printed materials

Cost effective only for short run productions

Ceramic  3D resin 

Resin debinding  + ceramic sintering at high temperature

Sintered ceramic 3D object

Properties of sintered technical ceramics

 

Direct production of short runs of pure ceramic objects

 

Expensive printers, difficult tuning, slower debinding, smaller feature sizes (max.1-3 mm), more microcracking during debinding than Indirect production with CIM

Metal 3D resin 

Direct + resin debinding  + metal sintering at high temperature

Sintered metal 3D object

Properties of sintered technical metals

 

Direct production of short runs of pure metal objects

 

Expensive printers, difficult tuning, slower debinding, smaller feature sizes (max.1-3 mm), more microcracking during debinding than Indirect production with MIM