Development of silica based organic slurries for stereolithographic printing process

  • chair:

    Löffler, F.B. / Bucharsky, E.C. / Schell, K.G. / Heißler, S. / Hoffmann, M.J. (2020)

  • place:

    Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2020, 40, 13, 4556-4561

  • Date: Mai 2020


In this study, silica based slurries for stereolithographic printing of glass structures are developed and characterized. Stereolithography has the potential to print complex structures with high resolution. Therefore, acrylate based photocurable slurries have been developed and their viscosities are examined as a function of the solid loading. A critical shear rate can be derived, which must not be exceeded during the printing process. Therefore, rheological characterizations provide important insights into the printing process and the ability to produce samples with precise structures. Other properties such as polymerization time and curability kinetic were investigated with time dependent attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR). Afterwards, the slurries were printed on a commercial printer operating with visible light. For debinding the printed green bodies, the decomposition temperatures were derived from thermogravimetric analysis in order to obtain stable and transparent samples.