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Novel process by HRL Laboratories creates 3D printed ceramic matrix composites

Novel process by HRL Laboratories creates 3D printed ceramic matrix composites

Written by David

October 22, 2020

HRL Laboratories, LLC , one of the most innovative labs working on ceramics 3D printing, has developed a novel method used to additively manufacture components made from fracture-resistant ceramic matrix composites (CMCs).

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Published in The Journal of the American Ceramic Society, this technique makes possible a new range of complex designs with these durable materials. Ceramic parts resist corrosion and wear, and have excellent high-temperature capabilities that make them desirable for application in propulsion and energy generation systems as well as chemical processing equipment and medical implants.

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However, their use has been limited by the difficulties of shaping ceramic materials, a problem solved by 3D printing. With properties commensurate with traditionally processed technical ceramics, HRL’s technique allows free-form fabrication of high-performance CMC components. Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are a subgroup of composite materials as well as a subgroup of ceramics . They consist of ceramic fibers embedded in a […]

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