Nebraska-based Tethon 3D has may already created a name for itself acting as a ceramic 3D printing service bureau and through the development of ceramic powders and binders for 3D printing with ZCorp machines. Now, the company is bringing its expertise to the field of photopolymer 3D printing, launching a Kickstarter for a new porcelain resin called Porcelite.
Porcelite is a ceramic composite resin compatible with any UV-curing 3D printing system, like SLA and DLP, that, once fired in a kiln, yields a 100% porcelain object that can and so be glazed or finished. Objects printed with Porcelite shrink by 14% at 2100 F and 17% at 2250 F during firing. Once coated with food-safe glazing, To get their material into production, the company is just looking to raise $5,000. With a contributions of $30 to $100, donors get all things of stl files for one-of-a-kind objects to tutorials on 3D printing with SLA, DLP, and porcelain. Starting at $200, you can get a liter of Porcelite to start 3D printing with ceramic materials.
Their Kickstarter reads, “We’ve created Porcelite and now we want to bottle it up and share it with others. The use of fired clay began in 24,000 B.C. The invention of the potter’s wheel was a leading transformation in the fabrication of ceramics. Now, we commence Porcelite as the future new step in Ceramic 3D Printing for our generation.”
One of the many amazing aspects of SLA, DLP, and other photopolymer 3D printing techniques is the materials that are being created for those systemes. Whilst technologies created by sizeabler businesses, like Stratasys and EnvisionTEC, may already have sizeable materials portfolios at their disposal, users of additional compact brands have to rely on third party suppliers, limiting their material options. For that reason, the additional independent firms that get into the resin business, the additional accessible photopolymer 3D printing becomes.