Ceramics 3D Printed from Foams
Researchers from the Complex Materials group have used an additive manufacturing process to print an extremely porous ceramic component. Manufacturing a material of this kind with a 3D printer is a considerable achievement.
Doctoral student Carla Minas, from the Complex Materials group led by ETH Professor André Studart, has succeeded in creating a highly porous and yet extremely robust ceramic material, which she “printed” using an additive manufacturing process. The trick here was to use an “ink” consisting of a stable ceramic emulsion that did not collapse during or after printing.