Transparent silicon nitride has been synthesized by researchers at DESY.
June 1, 2017
Scientists at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) have synthesized what is reportedly the first transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic. The result is a super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride (SiN) that can potentially be used under extreme conditions like engines, as the Japanese-German team writes in the journal Scientific Reports.
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.
From next-generation missile domes for defense systems to hip implant components for the medical industry, the mechanical properties of ceramic materials make them ideal for a wide range of applications.