3D printing of advanced ceramic materials, such as superconductors, is a new approach to obtain cheaper and easily processed complex shapes.
Freeform 3D printing enables the production of complex 3D shapes, supressing the need for post machining or reprocessing. A typical example of an advanced ceramic material is the high-temperature superconductor (HTS) YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO-123). Ceramic materials are naturally brittle and the fabrication of complex shapes, required for many applications, is not trivial.
These complex shapes are typically required for trapped field magnets and electrical and electromechanical devices. We are able to fabricate practically any geometry by extrusion of a YBCO-123 paste.
The production of 3D printed objects composed of the ceramic superconductor YBCO-123 was achieved with the formulation of an appropriate paste which, after the printing process, is annealed and is ready to be used.
STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT
TRL 7 – system prototype demonstration in operational environment.
Easily and cheaply produce complex shapes.
Seeking commercial partners
3D printing; ceramic; superconductor; cryogenic.