Sep 15, 2017 | By Tess

The Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC), a Spanish organization dedicated to the country’s ceramics industry, has announced it will be furthering its research on ceramic 3D printing. Through a new initiative called 3DPRINT Advance, the ITC plans to explore the development of 3D printing ceramic materials for industrial applications, and more.

Small ceramic objects were 3D printed by ITC at Cevisama 2017 

Ceramic 3D printing is gaining in popularity across various industries. Not only used for creating unusual decorative ceramic housewares, the technology has shown promise for medical, aerospace, and even defense applications.

Just this week, for instance, researchers hailed a new clay-based bioprinting material as a step forwards for effective drug delivery through bioprinted scaffolds.

Ceramics can be made to be exceptionally strong and can withstand extremely high temperatures, making them a versatile and beneficial material to work with.

This is why Spain’s ITC is planning to deepen its research into the field of 3D printed ceramics over the next year or so. The organization says it will investigate the development of new 3D printable ceramic materials suitable for industrial applications, as well as how to improve the ceramic 3D printing process in general.

ITC was inspired to further its additive manufacturing research after seeing the interest and attention the technology generated at the recent Cevisama International Trade Fair for Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Equipment.

Visitors there were drawn to ITC’s stand by an operational 3D printer which was turning out elaborate ceramic pieces. The pieces themselves were part of a collaborative project with Harvard University’s School of Design entitled “Ceramic Morphologies.”

An example of a 3D printed ceramic lattice which can withstand temperatures of over 1,400°C, by HRL Laboratories

ITC says it was in charge of developing the ceramic materials for this initiative, the goal of which is purportedly to explore the potential of additively manufacturing ceramic parts on an industrial scale.

By creating interest in ceramic 3D printing at the Cevisama event, ITC also aimed to emphasize how 3D printing technologies can open up new possibilities for ceramic manufacturing. On a more technical level, ITC says it was also testing how thermodynamic heat principles affect 3D printed geometries.

ITC was founded in 1969 through a collaboration between the Ceramic Industry Research Association (AICE) and the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) of Castellón. For decades it has worked to bring together academics and businesses for the sake of advancing and evolving Spain’s ceramic industry.



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