3D printers continue showing their ability in all kinds of areas, although with certain limitations as the size of the models – unless we unite different parts- or the materials used. Polymers that have been cornerstones of these devices have joined some metals and even special developments that printed food.
Now this materials versatility is extended with a system that improves the technology of printing to the ceramic printing support. A group of researchers from the HRL laboratories announced this achievement which is based on a peculiar trick: do not heat the ceramic powder with which van preparing figures and objects.
Studies carried out by this group showed that if it was heat that component appeared consistency problems on the final object that could lead to cracks and fractures. To achieve the desired result, they have created the so-called”pre-ceramic polymers”.
These materials allow you to print the object in question as if it were a 3D printed model with conventional polymers in this technology, and then the resulting object is heated so those special polymers become ceramic. The researchers believe that this technology, which improves significantly the speed of traditional Stereolithography, can be vital in industries such as aeronautics used ceramic components in bulk.