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How 3D Printed Ceramics Are Made

Posted by Tom Evans on 19-08-2022

3D printing is quickly becoming the preferred manufacturing process for customers seeking small quantities of ceramic shapes with complex designs. Using CAD software and specialist technology, 3D printers allow you to produce ceramic shapes that a) have complicated designs with tiny features that would be unachievable through other methods, b) are more economic to produce in lower quantities, and c) are simpler to change and update the designs of over time. IPS Ceramics provides bespoke 3D printed pieces (amongst many…

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Upcoming Expos: Ceramitec & Ceramics UK

Posted by Tom Evans on 13-06-2022

At the end of June, we will be exhibiting at two different expos in two different countries. Here are the details of both shows: Ceramitec A very important trade show for the ceramics industry, Ceramitec brings all the major ceramic companies to Munich for four days of talks and exhibitions. When is it? 21st – 24th June 2022 Where is it? Trade Fair Center Centre Messe München, Munich, Germany (See on Google Maps) Who will be there? Phil Green (Sales…

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Tungsten Carbide: Metals and Ceramics, Working as One

Posted by Tom Evans on 31-03-2021

Strong and dense, you’d be forgiven for thinking that tungsten carbide is a metal. In reality, it’s a metal/ceramic hybrid, combining the properties of metals and ceramics into a material suitable for the toughest applications. Tungsten carbide is a chemical compound made by reacting tungsten metal with carbon. Pure tungsten metal has excellent heat and corrosion resistance but is soft enough to be cut with a hacksaw. By introducing carbon, you greatly increase the hardness until it’s almost as hard…

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Alumina Tiles Explained

Posted by Callum on 05-02-2021

Alumina is a cost-effective and widely used material for a wide range of industrial applications. IPS Ceramics have developed alumina tiles that are optimised for maximum wear and corrosion resistance. Alumina has a high density, diamond-like hardness with superior mechanical strength properties. This makes it the material of choice for a range of demanding applications. Suitable for Many Applications Alumina tiles are mainly used in three types of application. Larger, thin tiles are often used as support plates for sintering…

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Technical Ceramics and Laboratory Research: Classic Materials Creating the Future

Posted by Tom Evans on 26-10-2020

Despite being known as a relatively old-fashioned material, ceramics are commonly used in ‘high-tech’ experiments performed by laboratories, manufacturers and universities, facilitating the invention and construction of tomorrow’s technologies. How are they used and what makes them so useful to researchers? That’s what we’re here to look at. The most common ceramics used in laboratories are technical ceramics. The term “technical ceramic” is used to describe a range of ceramic materials which have been designed to have a combination of…

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4 Benefits Of Using Cordierite Kiln Furniture

Posted by Callum on 17-02-2020

Cordierite is commonly used to make kiln furniture for refractory applications, in part due to its good thermal shock properties, low thermal expansion and thermal conductivity. A relatively cost-effective material, cordierite kiln furniture is commonly used to hold and support products during heat-treatment processes (such as firing or sintering) at temperatures up to 1300 ºC (2372 ºF). At IPS Ceramics, we have a long-standing reputation for supplying cordierite kiln furniture to international ceramics industries. This extensive experience, spanning over a…

Experts in Technical Ceramics

Established in its present form in 2009, IPS Ceramics evolved from the merger of several leading manufacturers of high-temperature ceramics, all bringing a bank of expertise. Today’s IPS team collectively boasts 250+ years of experience in ceramic technology, including design, material selection/specification and manufacturing. We can rapidly and expertly evaluate possible technical ceramic solutions for your specific application or a whole host of manufacturing, engineering and laboratory demands.

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