Ceramic 3D Printing Technology
Ceramics are much more difficult to process than polymers or metals because they cannot be cast or machined easily. Traditionally ceramic parts are consolidated from powders by sintering, which introduces porosity and limits both achievable shapes and final strength.
With new 3D printing process, one can take full advantage of the many desirable properties of silicon oxy-carbide ceramic, including high hardness, strength, and temperature resistance as well as resistance to abrasion and corrosion. This novel process and material could be used in a wide range of applications from large components in jet engines and hypersonic vehicles to intricate parts in microelectromechanical systems and electronic device packaging.