06/11/2015

Schunk Ingenieurkeramik GmbH

From vacuum furnaces to 3D printing

Schunk Carbon Technology to demonstrate its expertise in materials at the Thermprocess trade show


At this year's Thermprocess trade show, the world's most prominent professional show for industrial thermal process technology, Schunk Carbon Technology will present innovative product and service offerings. The company will unveil IntrinSiC to the market, a unique product capable of printing complex ceramic parts in 3D. The producer of materials and components for high-temperature systems is also positioning itself as a service provider for the maintenance (relining) of heating chambers using newly patented CFC solutions.


The production of complex products with a printer has been likened to an "industrial revolution" by observers. With IntrinSiC, Schunk Carbon Technology has made a breakthrough in this seminal high-tech field. This is the first product capable of manufacturing constructional elements made of the ceramic material silicon carbide, one of the hardest materials available. "We have developed a new process where components can be produced from silicon carbide through 3D printing, which wasn't possible in the past because of their complexity and size," explained Dr. Arthur Lynen, who is heading up development of the product. It enables the trouble-free creation of complex undercuts and hollow spaces for uniform (monolithic) and large-sized constructional elements using ceramics. Thanks to its extreme dimensional stability, IntrinSiC is especially attractive to manufacturers of components which have to exhibit especially high rigidity and strength.


Extending service life inside vacuum furnaces


The insulation cladding in the hot zone of vacuum furnaces must be replaced on a regular basis. This complete renovation of the heating chamber, or relining, is now offered by Schunk Carbon Technology as a top-quality service using newly patented CFC components. Here, the technology company scores points with a newly developed replacement insert for thermal elements and an innovative two-level "double-L profile" for perfect door insulation, among other things. "We want to improve the functionality of the furnace in close collaboration with the customer," said Product Manager Thomas Strobel. This increases the temperature homogeneity and service life of the hot zone considerably, which reduces costly downtimes. "The customer can rely on a level of quality which has been continually monitored, precisely documented and standardized across Europe. This ensures optimum process reliability," stressed Strobel.


Schunk Carbon Technology will present its product and service offerings at the Thermprocess trade show at Stand 9C42 in Hall 09. Thermprocess will be held from June 16th through the 20th at the exhibition grounds in Düsseldorf.