This week in ceramic news, researchers at HRL Laboratories in California have developed a method of creating ceramic parts through additive manufacturing.
The team of researchers reportedly developed a resin material called “preceramic monomers” which, when cured with UV rays through the additive manufacturing process and then heated to 1,000° C in the presence of argon gas, becomes a silicon carbide ceramic. The research team also believed that the method can be replicated to create other ceramic compounds. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the team a development contract for an ablative ceramic aeroshell for spacecrafts since the new ceramics are reportedly 10 times stronger than the ceramic foam currently commercially available.
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