SLS supports research on hybrid materials
The Hybrid Materials Laboratory at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is developing new composite materials. In addition to a wide range of production and analytical equipment, the Ticino researchers also make use of a Sintratec Kit.
Gas-cooled sandwich structures
SLS allows complex designs
Porous structures made of Sintratec PA12
Development process of cellular ceramics for lightweight construction (from left to right): Natural foam cube with heterogeneous “random structure”, the foam template coated with a ceramic paste, 3D-printed sacrificial template with structured geometry and the sacrificial template coated with a ceramic paste. (Courtesy of EngiCer SA)
Sacrificial templates for complex ceramic structures
Additive manufacturing as a game changer
In the future, however, the complex ceramic structures will be produced directly through additive manufacturing. “We will benefit more and more from the possibilities of additive technologies,” sums up Professor Ortona. The fact that 3D printing is helping to create new engineering paradigms is particularly evident in the field of hybrid ceramics.