A Novel Freeform Extrusion Fabrication Process for Producing Solid Ceramic Components with Uniform Layered Radiation Drying
An extrusion-based additive manufacturing process, called the Ceramic On-Demand Extrusion (CODE) process, for producing three-dimensional ceramic components with near theoretical density is introduced in this paper. In this process, an aqueous paste of ceramic particles with a very low binder content (<1 vol%) is extruded through a moving nozzle at room temperature. After a layer is deposited, it is surrounded by oil (to a level just below the top surface of most recent layer) to preclude non-uniform evaporation from the sides. Infrared radiation is then used to partially, and uniformly, dry the just-deposited layer so that the yield stress of the paste increases and the part maintains its shape. The same procedure is repeated for every layer until part fabrication is completed. Several sample parts for various applications were produced using this process and their properties were obtained. The results indicate that the proposed method enables fabrication of large, dense ceramic parts with complex geometries.
A. Ghazanfari et al., "A Novel Freeform Extrusion Fabrication Process for Producing Solid Ceramic Components with Uniform Layered Radiation Drying," Additive Manufacturing, vol. 15, pp. 102-112, Elsevier B.V., May 2017.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2017.04.001
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
3D printing; Extrusion freeforming; Fused deposition; Radiation drying; Robocasting
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