Additive manufacturing (AM) of ceramics doesn’t seem to garner the same attention as AM for plastics and metals. Our industry is smaller, and our products are more often behind the scenes in applications. Ceramic processing is also more complicated in many ways than that for plastics and metals.
Successful ceramic manufacturing requires the correct identification of phases and an understanding of microstructure in starting powders and finished products.
May 1, 2017
Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques can trace their origin to the pioneering work of Debye and Scherrer in Europe (1916) and Hull in the U.S. (1917).1 Their results dispelled the belief that grinding a single crystal to a powder would destroy crystallinity.
Welcome to our annual look at key raw and manufactured materials used in the ceramic, glass, refractories, brick, and related industries. Here you’ll find production and import/export information, as well as details regarding applications and future trends.
We begin each New Year with a strong focus on raw and manufactured materials in our annual Materials Handbook issue. An Address Index for key suppliers* is included, while materials and their definitions/descriptions are listed alphabetically.
Source suppliers of raw and manufactured materials ranging from abrasives to ZTA!
January 3, 2017
Our annual Materials Handbook is a raw/manufactured materials reference and buyers’ resource that provides product definitions and application/use information, along with supplier* details. Use this guide as a reference tool and a handy way to find suppliers throughout the year.
Zirconium dioxide (ZrO2, also known as zirconia) is a versatile material in the ceramic industry, serving many uses due to its high hardness, chemical resistance, and unique electronic and optical properties. Compared to other ceramics, zirconia has higher compressive and flexural strength. These features are desirable for the foundry, refractories and electronics industries, among others, with a diverse set of end uses.
High-volume product designers traditionally considered ceramics a last substrate option due to high cost and lack of format availability. In the past, available thin ceramics were certainly not strong, robust, self-supporting or flexible. Volume markets today require a new set of high-performance, high-temperature-capable ceramic materials that are available in an ultrathin flexible roll format.