New material class in 3D printing: SGL Carbon registers SICAPRINT™ brand name

3D-printed component made of silicon carbide.

3D printed components from SGL Carbon made of silicon carbide can be used on a continuous basis at temperatures far beyond 1,000°C

SGL Carbon is expanding its 3D printing product portfolio by registering a second brand name that follows in the footsteps of the CARBOPRINT® material family: SICAPRINT™. Computer-controlled 3D printing enables tool-free construction of three-dimensional by building up individual layers. 3D printing has been identified as an area with great potential for SGL Carbon’s future growth, and is being developed alongside our current product solutions and other growth markets. While CARBOPRINT stands for 3D printing with carbon, the name SICAPRINT refers to the 3D printing of silicon carbide (SiC).

Currently, the predominant post-treatment for parts printed of SiC is liquid silicon infiltration (LSI), which is why these materials carry an affix in their name: SICAPRINT Si. Silicon carbide features an extremely high hardness, high stiffness and strength as well as a high thermal conductivity, making it an optimal choice to meet requirements in the areas of environmental technology, high-temperature processes, and friction and wear applications.

Oswin Öttinger, Head of New Technologies in the Central Innovation of SGL Carbon: “With SICAPRINT Si we have a material at hand, which can be used on a continuous basis at temperatures far beyond 1,000°C, even in the presence of oxygen. These properties could form the basis for opening up new applications that were inaccessible to carbon due to its vulnerability to oxidation in air at high temperatures.”

At this year’s ACHEMA, the leading international trade fair for the process industry held from June 11-15, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, 3D printing will be one of several topics at SGL Carbon’s booth. Furthermore, the topic “3D Printing of Carbon and SiC” will be presented in detail at the Chemical Engineering-Additive Manufacturing lecture session on June 15.

We look forward to seeing you at our booth in Hall 4.0, Stand F26.

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