In the field of engineering ceramics, the high costs for small batch production significantly contribute to an increase of the reliability.
implementation of ceramics in the industry despite their unique set of properties. The objective of this project is to develop and disseminate a simple, versatile and rapid manufacturing process suitable for the production of small series or prototypes of complex ceramic parts at a competitive price, allowing more easily than with the existing processes product innovation and quicker response to market demands. This manufacturing process will consist of an aqueous-based casting process followed by microwave-assisted in-situ polymerisation of a water soluble binder monomer, and relies on a systematic use of casting moulds produced by "rapid-prototyping" methods. It is expected that this manufacturing process will allow an overall cost reduction by up to 30 % and a reduction of the time lag between design of parts and in-field evaluation by 50 %. Thereupon, the proposed process is susceptible to significantly contribute to an increase of the reliability.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards