Excitement is building for the fourth Ceramics Expo, which will take place at the Cleveland International Exposition Center May 1-3. This event speaks to the current and future needs of critical manufacturing sectors such as electronics, automotive, space/aerospace, medical, energy, chemical, defense, refractories, heat treatment, and communications. Design engineers, plant managers, R&D experts and C-level executives attend Ceramics Expo in increasing numbers every year—proof that the array of technical ceramics, specialty materials, and associated equipment on display plays a pivotal role in groundbreaking developments and manufacturing advancement.
Free Form Fibers (FFF) employs fast, low-cost, laser-driven chemical vapor deposition (LCVD) to produce high-purity, high-density, core-less fibers from a broad materials palette, including silicon carbide, boron carbide, and boron fibers. An array of materials previously unavailable in fiber format, such as ultra-high-temperature ceramics like hafnium carbide and tantalum diboride, can reportedly be manufactured using the large CVD precursor library. An important capability of the LCVD process is high-volume fiber production utilizing laser beam arrays, which has been demonstrated in FFF’s HYDRA production prototype with a 384-fiber capacity. The development of HYDRA allows FFF to offer at manufacturing scale a 2,700°F-capable SiC fiber for ceramic matrix composites.