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January 11, 2016 AT 8:00 am

A New Type of 3D Printed Ceramic Could Revolutionize How Spacecrafts Are Built


New process for 3D printing ceramics allows the ceramics to withstand up to 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit without deforming. Perfect for space travel! via fastcodesign.com

Because they are strong, light, and heat-resistant, ceramics are an incredibly important material for aerospace applications, such as hypersonic jets and space shuttles. That’s why 3-D printing ceramics could be useful for companies designing aerospace precision parts like Boeing, Space X, and NASA. Except for one problem: 3-D printed ceramics aren’t tough enough to go to space. But a new material design innovation may have just put that problem in the past.

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2 Comments

  1. It will be interesting to see how the consumer side will be included in this. For instance, if I have a small ceramic part that normally costs me $X, how much cheaper can I get them this way, and/or is there a minimum number I would have to order to break even?

    Or would it be better to invest in production myself and farm out parts that way? I’d imagine the equipment would become outdated quickly.

    The 3D industry blows my mind every single day.

  2. This would be a great way to build an entire replacement bone for medical applications.

    Obviously not with this grade of ceramic but some biologically assimilable calcium substrate constructed in such a way as to replicate the natural cavities that are filled with blood vessels and bone marrow.

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