Ceramic Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing: Particle Encapsulation for Increasing Powder Sinterability and Part Strength
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© 2018 Elsevier B.V. The objective of this research is to test a hypothesis that particle coating increases the sinterability of ceramic powder. This method is developed for binder jetting additive manufacturing but tested using a pressing and sintering route for the simplicity. Binder jetting additive manufacturing has demonstrated its considerable capability in manufacturing ceramic parts with a complex shape and/or a customized design. Currently, the density of the ceramic parts made by binder jetting is low and their mechanical properties are inferior. The main reason is the low sinterability of the powder feedstock. A new powder surface modification method, i.e., particle coating, was applied to increase the powder sinterability and the part strength. Specifically, coarse crystalline alumina particles (70 and 10 µm in average) were coated with amorphous alumina, in which the microsized core was designed to provide the high flowability and the amorphous shell to promote sintering due to its high activity. The coated powder was pressed into disk samples and sintered. The samples from the coated powder showed significantly higher shrinkage and compressive strength than those from the raw powder, which proved the feasibility of the particle coating method to increase the powder sinterability and part strength.
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Du, W., Ren, X., Ma, C., & Pei, Z.