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There are many kinds of motion, so many kinds of bearing designs exist to accommodate them. In the case of a desk or dresser drawer, the metal slide mounted to the desk or dresser allows drawers to be moved in and out. Read More…

Ceramic Bearings Ceramic bearings are ceramic products used to facilitate relative motion between two or more objects. All bearings, whether ceramic, metal or otherwise, make the motion of moving parts possible.
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Myrtle Beach, SC  |  609-397-8330, 609-397-8341

As a manufacturer and stocking distributor of industrial and technical ceramics, LSP carries the most diversified inventory of ceramic tubes, spacers, bushings, etc. in the industry.

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LSP Industrial Ceramics, Inc. $$$

Pittsburgh, PA  |  412-406-7171

C-Mac International, LLC is a custom ceramics supplier. We provide advanced ceramic component parts manufacturing for a variety of industries and provide solutions to many ceramic needs.

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C-Mac International, LLC $$$

Quakertown, PA  |  215-536-3500

Insaco provides custom grinding and machining services to fabricate precision parts from sapphire, quartz, and most technical ceramics including alumina, zirconia, silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminum nitride, and others.

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Insaco Inc. $$$

Fremont, CA  |  510-249-9700

Years of experience have created unique specializations and expertise of our engineering and product consultation team. Applied Ceramics has a proven track record in creating the highest quality products for semiconductor processing equipment, automotive ceramics, cutting tools and many other industrial ceramics. We’ve machined products for industries such as aerospace/aviation, medical, nuclear, and more, but can produce products from high-end materials for all relevant enterprises.

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Applied Ceramics $$$

Beaver Falls, PA  |  724-834-8300

McDanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies LLC manufactures high quality industrial and advanced technical ceramics. We have a large selection of stock products or we will work with you to fit your specific requirements. We have ISO 9001 Certification and a 100% commitment to our customers. Our innovative design and engineering allow for large capacity, cost effectiveness and extensive sizes.

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McDanel Advanced Ceramic Technologies $$$

Huntington Beach, CA  |  877-560-5555

The alumina ceramic that we offer cannot be topped! We provide technical and industrial ceramics to a broad customer base around the world. Our products serve a wide range of diverse industries including communication, chemical, weaponry as well as a host of others. Our technicians will work closely with you to come up with a product to fit your exact specifications! Visit our website today to learn more!

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Precision Ferrites & Ceramics Inc. $$$
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Ceramic bearings came in a vast variety of shapes and sizes, since they are used in such a variety of products. In the case of rotating axles, a ceramic bearing can be a simple, lubricated cylinder in which the axle turns.

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More complicated bearings involve a series of spherical, conic or rod shapes that facilitate the movement of two pieces relative to each other. In each case, the bearing construction material must be strong enough to bear weight, sometimes in uneven distribution, for extended periods of time without breaking.

They must also be abrasion-resistant, as the constant friction caused by movement can wear surfaces down. They must not corrode when exposed to greases and oils necessary for smooth movement, and they must be uniformly shaped so as not to impede movement. Certain ceramics have proven themselves to be perfect bearing construction materials because of their durability, heat and corrosion resistance.

Engineering ceramics, which are all ceramic materials employed in industrial contexts, are non-metal composites characterized by hardness, strength and ease of formation. Because many ceramics are easily shaped, they can be formed into the many shapes that bearings take. Accommodating all of the different kinds of motion involved in moving parts requires the fabrication of a wide range of shapes.

Linear motion, which is the kind of motion involved in opening and closing a drawer, requires long channels to serve as bearings. Ceramics can easily and economically be extruded; extrusion is the best process for creating long, specially-shaped strips and channels. Molding processes are also possibilities in creating ceramic shapes.

In both molding and extrusion, raw ceramic materials like aluminum oxide and silicon carbide are heated to their melting points and forced into a shaping tool. The possibilities for thermoforming processes like these are limited only by manufacturers' budgets and the imaginations of their design personnel.

Ceramic balls can be created for use as ball bearings; ceramic rods can be extruded for use in axels; ceramic rings can be molded for use as bearing surfaces.

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