John­son Matthey to open ce­ramic 3D print­ing fa­cil­ity in UK

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John­son

Matthey has an­nounced the open­ing of a new state-ofthe-art ce­ramic 3D print­ing fa­cil­ity in Roys­ton, U.K.

This 3D print­ing process offers a cost ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion for pro­duc­ing small com­plex ce­ram­ics on a large scale. The new R&D lab­o­ra­tory will en­able de­vel­op­ment of a greater un­der­stand­ing of 3D print­ing, char­ac­ter­iz­ing pow­ders and inks to al­low faster de­vel­op­ment and more ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions for cus­tomers.

The new lab will also im­prove ink char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion tech­niques us­ing a PixDro ink jet printer, fit­ted with same print head sys­tem in­stalled across all of the R&D pro­to­type and pi­lot plant print­ers. This al­lows di­ver­sity, as well as cost-sav­ing ex­per­i­ments, as­sess­ing al­ter­na­tive sup­pli­ers and reagents. The new lab also fea­tures a mixer torque rheome­ter that al­lows pow­derink in­ter­ac­tions to be mea­sured.

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