Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to develop a hybrid additive/subtractive manufacturing platform for the production of high density ceramic components.
Design/methodology/approach: Fabrication of near-net shape components is achieved using 96 per cent Al3O2 ceramic paste extrusion and a planarizing machining operations. Sacrificial polymer support can be used to aid the creation of overhanging or internal features. Post-processing using a variety of machining operations improves tolerances and fidelity between the component and CAD model while reducing defects.
Findings: This resultant three-dimensional monolithic ceramic components demonstrated post sintering tolerances of ±100 µm, surface roughness’s of ∼1 µm Ra, densities in excess of 99.7 per cent and three-point bending strength of 221 MPa.
Originality/value: This method represents a novel approach for the digital fabrication of ceramic components, which provides improved manufacturing tolerances, part quality and capability over existing additive manufacturing approaches.
- Additive manufacturing
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mechanical Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering