Hybrid additive manufacturing of precision engineered ceramic components

Jack Hinton, Dejan Basu, Maria Mirgkizoudi, David Flynn, Russell Harris, Robert Kay

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1068
Number of pages8
JournalRapid Prototyping Journal
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Ceramics
  • Hybrid
  • Machining
  • Multi-process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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