Eglin Air Force Base The Air Force Research Laboratory recently partnered with Florida State University to develop reinforced ceramics 3D printing of sensors.
The technology of reinforced ceramics 3D printing of sensors uses a new liquid polymer in a 3D printer that can dispense pre-ceramic polymer, which is then pyrolyzed to form ceramic.
Dr. Amanda Schrand, of AFRL’s Munitions Directorate, and Dr. Cheryl Xu (then an Associate Professor at Florida State University, now located at North Carolina State University) have been collaborating since 2016. Their research focused on various materials solutions for high temperature sensors and diagnostics. The team consisted of many collaborators that were assessing the gaps in 3D printing technology. Ceramics printing came as a natural materials gap and also fit into their topic on survivability for defense environments.
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