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Materials 2018, 11(8), 1463;

Fused Filament Fabrication of Small Ceramic Components

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials, 736344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Laboratory for Materials Processing, University of Freiburg, 79110 Freiburg, Germany
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Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 8 August 2018 / Accepted: 15 August 2018 / Published: 17 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Manufacturing Processes and Systems)
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With respect to rapid prototyping of ceramic components, there are known only a few processes (stereo lithography, binder jetting). In this work, a new process chain is described in detail, showing that ceramics can be printed in a very cost-efficient way. We developed a ceramic–polymer composite as filament material that can be printed on a low-cost fused filament fabrication (FFF) desktop printer, even with very small nozzle sizes enabling very small geometric feature sizes. The thermal post-processing, with debinding and sintering, is very close to the ceramic injection molding (CIM) process chain. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D printing; FFF; FDM; polymer-ceramic composite; ceramic printing; rapid prototyping 3D printing; FFF; FDM; polymer-ceramic composite; ceramic printing; rapid prototyping

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Nötzel, D.; Eickhoff, R.; Hanemann, T. Fused Filament Fabrication of Small Ceramic Components. Materials 2018, 11, 1463.

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