Ceramic Injection Moulding using 3D-Printed Mould Inserts

  • chair:

    Medesi, A. / Nötzel, D. / Wohlgemuth, J. / Franzreb, M. / Hanemann, T. (2019)

  • place:

    CMT - Ceramics in Modern Technologies, 2019, 1, 2, 104-110

  • Date: August 2019


In general, micromilled mould inserts made of steel, aluminum or brass are used today for ceramic injection
moulding (CIM) processes. However, tool making via mechanical subtractive manufacturing processes as
micromilling is time- and cost-effective and the use of 3D printed mould inserts becomes an attractive alternative
to metal mould inserts. In this paper, we report about the use of 3D printed mould inserts for CIM of alumina
microreactor parts. It was observed that mould inserts printed using the Polyjet technology were very well suited
for functional prototyping via CIM. The mould inserts surface was found without visible thermally introduced
damage after twenty CIM process cycles. In contrast to the high quality of mould inserts printed using the PolyJet
technology, mould inserts made via fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology revealed as not applicable for
the purpose of this study. The mould inserts manufactured using FDM-printer exhibit significantly higher surface
roughness, larger longitudinal deflection and manufacturing-related undercuts along the edges of the 3D printed