Vienna, Austria/Wollongong, Australia: 25th August 2021. Current COVID-19 travel restrictions have not stopped Lithoz GmbH reaching its global market, with the team successfully remotely installing a Lithoz CeraFab 3D printer at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia.
A partnership between Lithoz, UOW and Australasian 3D printing provider Objective3D allowed the remote installation of the high-resolution ceramic printer to occur, which will be used for a broad range of applications in the development of bioprinting hardware.
The printer was purchased by the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) Materials Node, which is based at UOW, for use at the Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP). TRICEP works with research institutions and industry to develop innovative technologies using 3D bioprinting.
Lithoz CEO Dr Johannes Homa, said the project highlighted the importance of agile working. “We are world and industry technology providers for ceramic 3D printing systems and materials, and have been working in research and industry for more than 10 years. After the past year, it has become clear to us just how critical flexibility in the manufacturing world is, and we are very happy that this remote installation has been a success,” Dr Homa said.
The investment from ANFF will give TRICEP a highly flexible means of customizing and producing devices to support material development research worldwide.TRICEP Associate Director A/Prof Stephen Beirne said the team was thrilled to have access to this exciting new technology.
“The CeraFab 3D printer provides us with access to new families of materials with properties and printing characteristics that greatly expand our service and research capabilities. The system will be immediately put to use in the development of next generation biofabrication hardware and implantable structures.” A/Prof Beirne said.
Lithoz GmbH is the world and technology leader for high-performance ceramic materials and 3D printers. Founded in 2011, Lithoz is committed to breaking the boundaries of ceramic production and supporting customers in expanding the manufacturing opportunities for the ceramic industry. The company has an export share of almost 100%, more than 80 employees and, since 2017, a subsidiary in the USA. Since 2016, Lithoz has also been ISO 9001-2015 certified.
The University of Wollongong (UOW) is a global network of campuses, students, graduates and academics. Its international focus is strengthened through a collaborative network of partners across the globe. With formal agreements with more than 400 overseas institutions in 45 countries spanning research collaborations, teaching collaborations and more, UOW is active in research areas such as future manufacturing, including 3D printing, advanced materials and industrial automation.
Objective3D is Australia and New Zealand’s leading provider of best-in-class Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions from Stratasys, Lithoz, Desktop Metal and GE Additive. It is also the preferred supplier of professional Artec3D Scanners and Materialise AM Software. Objective3D also includes manufacturing on demand through Objective3D Direct Manufacturing which houses the most extensive range of FDM, PolyJet, SLS and Metal technologies and supported by the Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Global Network. Objective3D is ISO 9001 certified and a multi-year winner of customer satisfaction awards in Asia-Pacific.