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IJAT Vol.6 No.5 pp. 618-626
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2012.p0618
(2012)

Development Report:

Low-Cost 3D Printing of Controlled Porosity Ceramic Parts

Olaf Diegel*, Andrew Withell**, Deon de Beer***,
Johan Potgieter*, and Frazer Noble*

*Massey University, Building 106, Gate 4, Albany Highway, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand

**Auckland University of Technology, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand

***Vaal University of Technology, Andries Potgieter Blvd, Vanderbijlpark. PBag X021, Vanderbijlpark, 1900, South Africa

Received:
March 24, 2012
Accepted:
August 10, 2012
Published:
September 5, 2012
Keywords:
3D printing, ceramic, clay, controlled porosity
Abstract

This research was initiated to develop low cost powders that could be used on 3D printers. The paper describes experiments that were undertaken with different compositions of clay-based powders, and different print saturation settings. An unexpected sideeffect of printing ceramic parts was the ability to control the part porosity by varying the powder recipe and print parameters. The cost of clay-based powder was, depending on the specific ingredients used, around US$2.00/Kg.

Cite this article as:
O. Diegel, A. Withell, D. Beer, <. Potgieter, and F. Noble, “Low-Cost 3D Printing of Controlled Porosity Ceramic Parts,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.6, No.5, pp. 618-626, 2012.
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