For quite some time in the University of La Laguna, Spain, a group of engineers specialized in nano and microengineering led by Professor Juan Carlos Morales placeholder image They have been working on the development and construction of advanced ceramic materials manufactured using 3D printing technologies, a field very little explored so far and which, according to those responsible for the project, has the power to generate an economic impact of between 230 and 500 million dollars until the year 2025.
One of the main arguments to carry out this project, and which in turn lays the foundations of it, is that for decades a intensive research for the development of additive manufacturing in order to create three-dimensional objects without using tools or molds. Unfortunately, these investigations have focused on the use of plastic and metal polymers, so very few functional ceramic materials have been available which in turn has greatly limited development in this field.
Engineers from the University of La Laguna manage to develop advanced ceramic materials capable of revolutionizing the current market.
Following the words of one of the spokespersons of the group involved in the development of the project:
3D printing by 'inkjet printing' or stereolithography are particularly suitable methods that allow a wide variety of materials to be used in powder form or to use photosensitive resins together that are selectively cured to produce a dense, high resolution and fully functional 3D ceramic material. .
Additionally, these conventional methods typically produce up to 80% more waste products, so 3D printing promotes a circular economy that encourages the recycling of manufacturing products.