3D printing with carbon and graphite

CARBOPRINT® – with carbon into new dimensions

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has gained a foothold in many industries – both in prototype production, and to some extent in small scale serial production. Plastic and metal are the most common materials for 3D printing. Our current approach is to print 3D components using carbon and graphite, thus combining the advantages of 3D printing with the specific properties of our materials.

To further enhance the properties of 3D printed carbon, a number of finishing processes (polymer impregnation, etc.) can be used.

We offer customized parts, made from tailor formulated materials, with intelligent design, to add value to your applications. CARBOPRINT is our brand for carbon and graphite based 3D printed components.

Our raw materials and refining processes allow the properties of carbon based parts to be altered from porous to dense, from conductive to insulating, and from abrasion-resistant to sliding. Further details can be found in our brochure.

Advantages of 3D printing:

Freedom of design

Production constraints have always played a role in the design of components.  With 3D printing, a new freedom of design is possible, enabling free-form surfaces to be realized.  Parts can be designed for optimal function without making compromises for manufacturing restraints, such as with conventional production methods like turning, drilling or CNC milling.

 

Reduced complexity

3D printing allows multiple components to be re-designed into one single part, thus reducing complexity. Bonding techniques, such as gluing or screwing, or additional sealing components, can be avoided. Reverse engineering and spare part production can be realized quickly.

Economical small series

Carbon composite parts can be produced economically in small series by means of 3D printing. Since no additional or specialized tools are required for a 3D printed part, production costs can be reduced.

Shorter development time

3D printing can shorten development time so that new products reach the market faster. SGL Group is here to help you to bring new products to the market faster than ever.

  • 3D printed carbon molds or lost cores
  • Resin impregnated 3D printed components for applications with highly corrosive chemicals (columns, heat exchangers, etc.)
  • 3D printed carbon components with silicon infiltration for high-wear applications (pump impellers, bearings, wear linings, etc.)
  • Other possible applications such as catalyst supports, structured packing, etc.

Examples:

Complex lattice structuresHeat exchanger

Catalyst carriersIndustrial parts

                                                                                                                                                                                            Together we can develop the optimal solution for your application. Contact us!

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