Morgan Advanced Materials to showcase breakthrough in 3D ceramic printing technology at RSNA 2018

17/10/2018

Global leaders of materials science engineering, Morgan Advanced Materials, will be displaying its 3D ceramic printing capability at RSNA 2018. The technology will be showcased through its AL-300™ grade alumina ceramic and marks a huge step forward in medical machinery and radiological science.

Morgan’s Technical Ceramics business already develops world-class ceramic grades that are used across a wide range of industries, including medical, aerospace, automotive, industrial and rail sectors. Now, with this breakthrough, it is further advancing the capability of these ceramics and is looking for customers to partner with for design and testing.

AL-300™ grade alumina is a well-known industry standard aluminium oxide ceramic valued for its superior dielectric strength, strong metallization capability, and high strength. The samples being shown at RSNA 2018 will reveal how this ceramic can be used in x-ray power tubes.

Clay Booth, Commercial Director North America at Morgan Advanced Materials, said “As technical experts in ceramics engineering we’re very excited to introduce 3D printing into the medical industry. This technology has the potential to allow engineers to produce designs that are just not possible through other production methods that require moving tools, or subtractive machining of shapes.

“To our knowledge, no one has produced a 3D ceramic form from an existing formulation that has been proven so successful for decades, like our AL-300™ alumina. We’re now looking to take this to the next step to see how 3D printing can solve our customers’ challenges and fit into their plans.”

One of the biggest challenges of ceramics engineering is placing features on internal surfaces that are typically difficult and costly to machine. 3D parts can allow hidden features or multiple part assemblies to be made simply in one single engineered piece. A key benefit for engineers is that they can integrate cooling channels for future high temperature applications.

RSNA 2018 is the Radiological Society of North America’s 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, and the exhibition takes place between November 25-30 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Morgan Advanced Materials will be exhibiting its ceramics and technologies in the South Level, Booth 3153.

For more about Morgan Advanced Materials and its Technical Ceramics business, please visit http://www.morgantechnicalceramics.com/

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