When we think of ceramic products, we immediately think of the classic decorated tiles or the plates we have at home to decorate, but the truth is that this material is widely used in industry.
In fact, it can be found in implants, machines, extrusion dies and in the most unexpected places due to its properties.
Ceramics are indispensable in laboratories
Most laboratories are full of products made of this material. Dishes of various shapes, lids, mortars and even grinding balls are indispensable in these spaces.
This product is very versatile, as it can withstand anything. It can be ground, evaporate substances, melt them, heat them, etc., all without breaking despite harsh treatment and sudden changes in temperature.
It does not react with any substances, which also avoids unpleasant and even dangerous situations because in laboratories compounds such as acids are used with which great care must be taken.
These materials can be customized to the customer’s needs, as ceramics are very easy to work with.
Widely used in dental clinics
Dental implants are very common and there are many types, but the best ones are always made of ceramic.
This material is biocompatible, which means that the body does not reject it. In addition, with proper treatment, it resists very well to the most common bacteria and fungi in the human mouth.
This makes ceramics a necessary material when “screwing” the implant to the bone, as we know that it is very unlikely that there will be an infection and the patient’s body will not reject the ceramic.
It also has other applications in the world of medicine, especially when creating prostheses such as hip replacements.
Helps dissipate heat
There are electronic components, and some mechanical ones as well, that produce a lot of heat when they work. Ceramics help to remove that heat by placing a ceramic heatsink on top of the part that heats up.
The ceramic heatsink transfers the high temperatures away from the device, which can continue to operate without burning.
It is not only used in industrial machines, as we can find ceramics in the brakes of supercars, in which other materials would end up burning due to the high temperatures generated to stop these cars.
Extrusion is a manufacturing process in which a material is introduced under pressure, through a die to give it shape.
Many materials can be used, some very hard and abrasive, so extrusion dies suffer during the process and can wear out very quickly, at which point they are no longer useful.
To extend their life, ceramic dies are used, which have a longer life and great chemical resistance, which is very important with certain materials that would destroy a die of other materials in a very short time and force us to change it.