11/12/2012

Hybridica 2012: H.C. Starck Ceramics Presents Conductive Silicon Nitride

Selb, Germany, November 12, 2012. - H.C. Starck Ceramics to introduce a newly developed electroconductive silicon nitride (Si3N4) compound, which can be processed using electrical discharge machining (EDM), during the Hybridica 2012 in Munich, Germany.
Patented by H.C. Starck Ceramics, the new compound makes it significantly easier to process ceramic parts than is possible using conventional silicon nitride.

H.C. Starck Ceramics’ new conductive Si3N4 offers considerable advantages for mechanical engineering of ceramic parts where the complexity of the part has the biggest impact on machining costs instead of the cost of the material. Thanks to a special modification, H.C. Starck Ceramics was able to make the compound electroconductive, thereby opening the door to EDM technology and the possibility of manufacturing complex ceramic tools otherwise impossible using conventional silicon nitride. The new compound is showing significantly improved wear resistance, meaning longer tool lifetimes and, as a result, considerable cost savings.

Dr. Carsten Rußner, CEO of H.C. Starck Ceramics, will present the new electroconductive silicon nitride exclusively during hybridica from November 13-16, 2012 at booth 655 in hall 1.


H.C. Starck injection molding made of electroconductive silicon nitride.

About H.C. Starck
The H.C. Starck Group is a leading global supplier of refractory metals, technical ceramics, and conductive polymers, and serves growing industries such as the electronics, chemicals, automotive, medical technology, aerospace, energy technology, and environmental technology industries, as well as mechanical engineering and tool manufacturers. H.C. Starck has manufacturing facilities in Europe, America, and Asia, and has close to 3,000 employees worldwide.

The subsidiary H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH has an extensive product portfolio of highly sophisticated advanced ceramics and ceramic foils. The company is well known for its extremely high-quality products and many years of expertise in silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminum titanate, as well as zirconium oxide and aluminum oxide. The main products are highly refined machine and engine components, casting products, dental components, ceramics for ballistic protection and high-performance ceramic components for high-temperature fuel cells (SOFC).

Contact
H.C. Starck GmbH
Gerald Baehnisch
Senior Manager Digital Media, Regional Press Officer
T: +49 (89) 500942-156
gerald.baehnisch@hcstarck.com


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