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3D Printed Ceramic: the next big thing?

by • April 18, 2016 • No Comments

  • Whilst everyone was celebrating New Year’s Eve, on the 1st of January 2016 a team of researchers at HRL Laboratories had other reasons to be joyful. They were only finalizing their system to 3D Print Ceramic. For additional than 60 years, HRL’s scientists and engineers have been on the major edge of innovation, conducting pioneering research, providing real-world innovation solutions, and advancing the say of the art. Out of their attractive office in Malibu, California, the team at HLR has achieved a new milestone in 3D printing innovation by demonstrating an approach to additively manufacture ceramics that overcomes the limits of traditional ceramic systeming and empowers high temperature, high durablity ceramic components.

    3D printed ceramics tested under a torch

    To demonstrate the capabilities of the 3D Printed part, the engineers tested it under a torch

    How does it work?

    HRL’s Senior Chemical Engineer Zak Eckel and Senior Chemist Dr. Chaoyin Zhou created a resin formulation that can be 3D printed into parts of virtually any shape and dimensions. The printed resin can and so be fired, converting it into a high durablity, fully dense ceramic. The resulting material can endure ultrahigh temperatures in excess of 1700°C and exhibits durablity ten times higher than much like materials.Temperature in the furnace needs to reach 1000°C. In the system the parts may shrink by of 30%. The ultraviolet light runs through a 3D Printer to manufacture the object that can be fired in the furnace.

    A real breakthrough

    Ceramics are much additional complex to system than polymers or metals for the reason they cannot be cast or machined easily. Traditionally ceramic parts are consolidated of powders by sintering, that introduces porosity and limits both achievable shapes and final durablity. “With our new 3D printing system we can take full advantage of the most desirable properties of this silicon oxycarbide ceramic, which include high hardness, durablity and temperature capability as well as resistance to abrasion and corrosion.” says program manager Dr. Tobias Schaedler.

    The novel system and material may be utilized in a wide range of applications of sizeable components in jet engines and hypersonic vehicles to intricate parts in microelectromechanical systems and electronic device packaging.

    HRL is already looking for a commercialization partner for this innovation. If you are interested, please contact us through the comments at a lower place and we will connect you.


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