Precision Ceramics USA is excited to announce that we will be moving to a new location at the end of April. Our new facility will be fitted with the latest ceramic manufacturing and machining equipment, allowing us to provide improved response time and efficiency of our world-class services. As of May 1st, 2017, our new address will be: 9843 18th St North Suite 120, St. Petersburg, FL 33716
We’re excited to announce that Precision Ceramics USA will be attending the 2016 Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio April 26 – 28th. If you’re in the area, stop by booth 116 and say hello. We’ll have our technical staff as well as material/machining examples. For more information on the 2016 Ceramics Expo, click here.
Hall Effect Thrusters and the Telecommunications Space Race In the early 2000s as the internet started up the exponential growth curve, much consideration was given to constellations of satellites providing access to isolated areas of the Earth. Satellite communication companies like Irridium and Teledesic were highlighted in nearly every publication remotely related to space and the internet. The prospect of so many satellites designed to fall out of their Low Earth Orbits on a regular basis fueled the interest in the development of Hall Effect/Ion Thrusters (HETs). Their designs and materials were constantly evolving in an effort to find the… read more →
Hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN) is a unique material that has a wide range of industrial applications. One common uses of this material is high-temperature nozzles in molten metal applications. Non-clogging – Most molten metals do not wet hBN, resulting in nozzles that don’t clog and cause costly aborted runs. Ultra-high temperature capability – Some Boron Nitride grades are good to 1800C in vacuum and non-O2 atmospheres, far higher than current ceramic nozzles options. No preheating – It is almost impossible to thermal shock an hBN nozzle. This is a problem for typical alumina and zirconia grades used extensively today. This… read more →
We are please to introduce our new tool to help people better understand the properties of different types of technical ceramics. Many people come to us asking for help selecting the right material because it can be difficult to understand how ceramics compare to each other. Following our mission to make ceramics more accessible and understandable, we have created an interactive tool that shows mechanical and thermal properties of our entire ceramics range. With our interactive material charts there is now an easy way to compare the relative properties of difference ceramic materials. Have a look and let us know… read more →
Precision Ceramics has been featured in the October 2015 issue of Production Engineering Solutions. The article highlights our 179 year history and discusses how we turned into a world leader in custom ceramic manufacturing. To learn more about our history read the full article here. Having worked for the likes of BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, QinetiQ, F1 teams and Cern, Precision Ceramics is no stranger to meeting the demands of global engineering powerhouses.
Aluminum Nitride is a highly desirable material in specific applications where high thermal conductivity, electrical insulation, and/or mechanical strength is required. However, it can be very costly to produce small quantities of custom parts due to the extensive manufacturing process, setup, and tooling costs. Aluminum Nitride Alternative – Shapal Hi-M Soft Machinable AlN Shapal Hi M Soft is a machibale Aluminum Nitride that keeps many of the desirable properties of pure AlN, but has the added advantage of being easily machined into custom pieces. Typically, there is a tradeoff with ceramics between machability and strength; the softer and easier to… read more →
Precision Ceramics will be attending the American Vacuum Society (AVS) International Symposium and Exhibition from November 9 – 14. The AVS International Symposium and Exhibition addresses cutting-edge issues associated with materials, processing, and interfaces in both the research and manufacturing communities. The equipment exhibition is one of the largest in the world and provides an excellent opportunity to view the latest products and services offered by over 200 participating companies. More than 2,000 scientists and engineers gather from around the world to attend.
The Difficulties of Prototyping with Ceramics How long does it take you to prototype a new idea or concept? You need a precision coil-former; a high-voltage insulator that is immune to arcing; spacers, cavities or reflectors in laser assemblies. Metal parts just won’t do the job – they conduct electricity; they conduct heat; they’re just not suitable for your task. Maybe you need hermetically sealable, vacuum feed-through components or coil supports; perhaps thermal breaks in high temperature processes. What do you need in demanding, resistant parts? Technical ceramics vs. Plastics Technical plastics are good, for their temperature range, and… read more →
After much anticipation, Apple finally announced that they have been developing a smartwatch to compete with the likes of Pebble, Motorola, and Samsung. In his keynote, Tim Cook revealed that the back of the watch is made of a ceramic material called Zirconia (also known as Zirconium dioxide). Why did Apple choose to make the back of their watch from Zirconia? Let’s take a look.. 1. It’s all to do with the charging. To make charging the watch as easy as possible, and to make the design as clean as possible, Apple has opted to go with inductive charging. Devices… read more →