3D Printing

3D printing ceramics has been a goal of many in the ceramics industry for years.  It promises significant advantages of rapid and low cost prototyping.

Seneca Ceramics has taken a different approach to 3D printing.  The primary challenges of 3D printing in ceramics include speed, surface quality, micro structure, bonding, durability, purity, and scalability.

Everyone loves the idea of low-cost rapid prototypes.  This is the main advantage of 3D printing.  But even if you could print a ceramic part that had all of the properties you need, it still wouldn’t be reasonable to produce any significant quantity.

Our process overcomes these problems with a solution that is not as technically exciting, but gets the job done, and gets it done fast and at a low-cost.  Additionally, we can easily scale up to any quantity you need.

Seneca Ceramics has no intention or desire to 3D print parts in a ceramic material.  It just hasn’t made sense to date.  We understand the microstructure and porosity control of ceramics very well.  Our customers come to us for high quality, high purity, low-cost, fast turn around parts. We can deliver for our customers simply by printing 3D models in plastic and casting them in the ceramic body of their choice, with the desired physical properties, and we can do all of this in a matter of days at very reasonable prices.

Contact us to find out what we can do for you.  If it can be 3D printed in plastic, we can make it in ceramic.  You can provide a drawing or a 3D model, and we will get it made for you.

sample of ceramic turbine wheel 3D printing
The fine, thin fins of the turbine can be printed in 3D ABS and reproduced in ceramic.
sample of 3D printed ceramic part
Starting from a simple 3D printed ABS part you can see the progression to a finish quality master and on to the cast aluminum oxide finished part.