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Three dimensional (3D) printing technology by direct ink writing (DIW) is an innovative complex shaping technology, possessing advantages of flexibility in fabrication, high efficiency, low cost, and environmental-friendliness. Herein, 3D printing of complex alumina ceramic parts via DIW using thermally induced solidification with carrageenan swelling was investigated. The rheological properties of the slurry under different thermally-induced modes were systematically studied. The solidification properties of thermally-induced pastes with varying contents of carrageenan were optimized. The experimental results showed that the optimized paste consisting of 0.4 wt% carrageenan could be rapidly solidified at about 55 ℃, which could print inclined-plane more than 60° in vertical without support, resulting in better homogeneity of the green body. A nearly pore-free structure was obtained after sintering at 1600 ℃ for 2 h.


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Preliminary 3D printing of large inclined-shaped alumina ceramic parts by direct ink writing

Show Author's information Liangliang YANGaXiaojun ZENGbAllah DITTAaBo FENGaLizhong SUaYue ZHANGa( )
Key Laboratory of Aerospace Materials and Performance (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, United States

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Three dimensional (3D) printing technology by direct ink writing (DIW) is an innovative complex shaping technology, possessing advantages of flexibility in fabrication, high efficiency, low cost, and environmental-friendliness. Herein, 3D printing of complex alumina ceramic parts via DIW using thermally induced solidification with carrageenan swelling was investigated. The rheological properties of the slurry under different thermally-induced modes were systematically studied. The solidification properties of thermally-induced pastes with varying contents of carrageenan were optimized. The experimental results showed that the optimized paste consisting of 0.4 wt% carrageenan could be rapidly solidified at about 55 ℃, which could print inclined-plane more than 60° in vertical without support, resulting in better homogeneity of the green body. A nearly pore-free structure was obtained after sintering at 1600 ℃ for 2 h.

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three dimensional (3D) printing, alumina paste, solidification property, thermally-induced, carrageenan
Received: 07 January 2020 Revised: 23 February 2020 Accepted: 23 February 2020 Published: 05 June 2020 Issue date: June 2020
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Received: 07 January 2020
Revised: 23 February 2020
Accepted: 23 February 2020
Published: 05 June 2020
Issue date: June 2020

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The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the National Key R&D Program of China (Grant No. 2017YFB0310400).

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