Sintering of 3D printed metal, ceramic and glass multi-material parts

Brooks, Hadley Laurence orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-9289-5291, Clarkson, Philip, Davies, Paul and Fairclough, Daniel (2017) Sintering of 3D printed metal, ceramic and glass multi-material parts. In: 15th Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing (RDPM) Conference, 27-28th April 2017, Northumbria University, Newcastle. (Unpublished)

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3D printing technologies are well suited to the production of multi-material parts with discrete or continuous material distributions. A range of 3D printing technologies are evaluated to determine promising strategies for the concurrent 3D printing of multiple material classes; specifically metals, ceramics and glasses in a single printed object. A low cost and versatile printing strategy, based on material extrusion and subsequent sintering is identified, and a range of design for manufacture strategies are synthesised. Preliminary examples of multi-material sintered parts including metal-metal, metal-glass and metal-ceramic parts are presented.

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