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Built-It, a versatile tool to prepare the files for 3D Printing

It is an integrated plug-in, developed by 3DCeram, to edit your STL file and make the CAD file preparation much easier.

Built-It is an integrated tool in option

Let’s review the time-saving functions…

Build-It is user-friendly plug-in for you to keep focused on the final part design and save time on the requirements of the printing process. It is an intuitive interface which allows any operator to set the design file for printing.

Build-It, is a tool box which makes you save time thanks to its several functions:

Rotation & Translation function

The translation & rotation function helps to place the part(s) on the build platform, to secure the printing which is so important.

The next operation is to check the file and fix errors that can happen on a STL file. It takes only few clicks to generate the analysis and to heal the file.

For the beginners, there’s the default process which will fix automatically the errors. Then the file is clean!

Healing function by Built-It

The next step would be to take care of the thermal post processing of the part. That means to anticipate the shrinkage, depending on the paste or slurry used.  

Scale the model in the 3 printing directions

Build-it allows to scale the model in the 3 printing directions. So you can either have the same shrinkage coefficient for the 3 directions or a different one depending on the printing coordinate system. The shrinkage coefficients depends on the material we are using. Make sure to input the correct values, you can check on the paste or slurry container.

When the part is scaled, the Z compensation can be applied on the part to compensate the curing depth off the laser on the paste or slurry. It impacts directly on the dimensions of the parts and to get the best accuracy after the printing step. The Z compensation depends on the ceramic paste or slurry. The values are provided with the material.

The Z compensation in 2 clicks!

This step is one of the most time consuming operation in a CAD software. With Build-It it will take 2 clicks.

Another function to save time, is the printing support one !  it allows to create a free link technology support for the model. The free link technology is a smart support adapted to complex geometries exclusive to 3DCeram.

You can create either a bottom support which will help for the printing process or a top support needed for thermal post processing. Several parameters are available which will ease the process of design. Here are the two main parameters:

You can choose an offset from the part which will be the distance between the part and the support in Z direction. It will define the paste thickness between part and the support.  Then it must be adjusted depending on the material.

The overhang surface, which is the angle between the surface which needs to be supported and the building platform.

The support is generated very easily and the gap distance between the part and the support is generated automatically without any design skills.

Among all the functions, pockets creation can be usefull. Sometimes the printing support can be quite massive, so in order to lighten it, we use the pocket function. This function allows to create a pocket into the printing support.

Pockets' creation

Of course, it is possible to generate the pocket either for the bottom or the top support, depending on what you have created before. The pocket can be generated in 2 clicks easily when in a CAD software it would take much more time to do so.

Ribs to lighten the pockets

If the support is large, creating a pocket could lead to large surfaces which are not supported, and it can fail during printing. To avoid this situation, the Rib function reinforces the pocket by creating pocket ribs.

The function Duplicate requires a few information, like the number of parts wanted to be added along the axis and also the gap between the parts. The parts and the supports are then duplicated keeping the alignment between each item.

Duplicate the parts will be the last step before printing

Work your file remotly from the office and then load the file on the printer to start the printing run.

Build-It can be used either from the printer computer or from an office computer

Aerospace, a collaboration between Anywaves and 3DCeram

Anywaves has designed an innovative concept of ceramic antenna for space application. In this context 3DCeram proposes the 3D-AIM service to help anywaves to consider all the process opportunities.

The press reports :

Additive Manufacturing is Innovative by Nature

3DCeram Sinto is a French-tech based in Limoges with 15 years of experience in 3D printing of complex ceramic parts with a broad spectrum of products and services and its ownproduct line of 3D printers. Interceram spoke to Nicolas Rousselet, Aerospace BusinessManager, and Kareen Malsallez, Marketing Manager, about a new service tailored to the needs of customers in the aerospace industry.

Read the article

Additive Manufacturing of ceramics cores

Foundry cores are an essential part of the production of turbine blades for aviation, aero derivative and land based gas turbines. The internal cooling structure of the turbine blade facilitates a reduction in the substrate temperature, creating opportunities to lower fuel consumption, improve turbine efficiency and decrease engine emissions. The need for complex core design has increased dramatically with customers’ demands for smaller, more efficient and cost-effective engines running at higher temperatures, stretching existing alloy technology to its limit.

These new complex core designs can prove to be difficult to produce using traditional methods due to the web of internal passageways and chambers present to promote the increased surface area and airflow to cool the blade.

What kind of impact can the distributive technology of 3D ceramic printing have on foundry core production in the future?

Read 3DCeram white paper

First steps in Additive manufacturing

What is possible with 3D printing technical ceramics? this is the question the magazine Interceram asked us.
Here our answers – read more

The strategic cleaning step on the new C100 EASY

The strategic cleaning step on the new C100 EASY by @3dceram, watch the video starring a part of 50 ml high, the slurry runs out in few seconds. No support so no cut or tooling. Thanks to SLA technology and the fluid formula of #ceramics developed by 3DMix

Optimizing Optical Instruments with Additive Manufacturing

In the last decade, the optical instrumentation for space and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms has been optimized in order to reduce the mass and volume of the equipment. In order to meet this specific goal, it was critical to develop new innovative systems taking advantage of new manufacturing methods.

Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics for Biomedical Applications

Ceramics are a key component of the biomaterials market, a growing market due to the many properties (biodegradable, bio-inert, antibacterial effect, etc.) making ceramic materials essential technology in the medical sector. Applied to the biomedical market, 3D printing allows the realization of bone substitutes, custom ceramic implants and surgical tools.
Read more on biomedical applications

The development mix continues…

3Dceram continues to develop technical ceramic formulas to fit its range of 3D printers.

Now the Si3n4 is available for the C100 EASY printer. On process, our research department works also underway to develop the SIC (Silicon Carbide).

For the review, it’s here