Johnson Matthey is delighted to announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art ceramic 3D printing facility in Royston, UK.
There are many factors that contribute to a powder's performance in printing that can broadly be described as flow characteristics. The Freeman FT4 is an advanced piece of equipment that allows 7 different test types, resulting in 21 different powder properties. These are being combined with Johnson Matthey knowhow to build a powder operating window.
[IMAGE] Freeman FT4 Powder Rheometer
The new lab will also improve ink characterisation techniques using a PixDro ink jet printer, fitted with same printhead 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.
[IMAGE] PixDro inkjet printer
The new lab also features a mixer torque rheometer that allows powder-ink interactions to be measured. This enables us to define the ideal printer settings prior to printing as well as giving us a background understanding of why certain powders perform differently to others.
The overall aim of this new facility is to build upon our understanding of 3D printing, improve our processes and help create effective applications for our products.