. 24/7 Space News .
AFRL partners with FSU to develop reinforced ceramics 3D printing of sensors
by Nicole Miller for AFRL News
Eglin AFB FL (AFNS) Jul 01, 2020

Stock image of 3D printed ceramics.

The Air Force Research Laboratory recently partnered with Florida State University to develop reinforced ceramics 3D printing of sensors.

The technology of reinforced ceramics 3D printing of sensors uses a new liquid polymer in a 3D printer that can dispense pre-ceramic polymer, which is then pyrolyzed to form ceramic.

Dr. Amanda Schrand, of AFRL's Munitions Directorate, and Dr. Cheryl Xu (then an Associate Professor at Florida State University, now located at North Carolina State University) have been collaborating since 2016. Their research focused on various materials solutions for high temperature sensors and diagnostics. The team consisted of many collaborators that were assessing the gaps in 3D printing technology. Ceramics printing came as a natural materials gap and also fit into their topic on survivability for defense environments.

"This is a great enhancement to the powder material used in 3D printing," said Dr. Xu. "The liquid polymer lends itself to many different, more advanced uses. 3D printing of liquid polymer precursor allows for creation of complex shapes and honeycomb cellular architectures. Examples of interest include and are not limited to, propulsion or thermal protection systems, leading edges of hypersonic vehicles, lightweight mechanical metastructures, microelectromechanical systems, etc."

"The most surprising aspect of the technology is that an inexpensive commercial off-the-shelf printer could be adapted for custom engineered materials printing," added Dr. Schrand.

The Air Force Research Laboratory completed a Joint Ownership Exclusive License agreement with Florida State University. This agreement licensed Air Force commercial rights to FSU in return for a percentage of the royalties and allowed FSU to execute fully exclusive license agreements with interested parties. AFRL then worked with FSU and TechLink (a DOD Partnership Intermediary) to help market this technology that was eventually licensed to Todd Huber, CEO of Nahsai, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business.

Nahsai contacted Techlink, who facilitated discussions with inventors and AFRL technology transfer offices. In the case of this patent, it is jointly held by FSU, so Nahsai engaged with both organizations for exclusive licensing rights.

"This technology enables us to additively manufacture [3D print] ceramic composites with nano-scale fillers like carbon nanotubes and does so in a way that preserves many of the key property tailoring advantages of ceramics that come from polymers, said Huber.

"The technology leverages professional grade 3D printers but modifies them with open source tools and a few unique parts that can be custom printed with the printer itself. A key aspect is also use of high intensity ultraviolet light to cure the material as the system forms each layer of a product."

"The most surprising aspect of the technology has been the bridge it forms to other leading technologies," Huber stated. "For example, the ability to consistently form very small and precise features with a family of compatible ceramic materials, enables us to now explore a number of metamaterial designs that could solve real challenges in extreme environment sensing."

Nahsai is now in a position to offer a broad spectrum of material solutions with an emphasis on pace. They understand commercial and defense customers are increasingly challenged to meet schedule expectations. Additive manufacturing opens up opportunities to capture the value of the materials, but with custom solutions to form and deliver in extremely short timelines.

The materials used at Nahsai can survive over 3,000 degrees and 40,000psi with the ability to tailor their thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties. They can form everything from flexible thermal seals to conformal antenna or embedded wireless pressure sensors. Nahsai is working to help solve target applications in ultra-efficient energy, high performance mobility, and hypersonic sensing. Nahsai is still testing the limits of what can be done with this new product and is excited by the opportunities it represents.

Related Links
Air Force Research Laboratory
Space Technology News - Applications and Research

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

paypal only
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal

How magnetic fields and 3D printers will create the pills of tomorrow
Sussex UK (SPX) Jun 10, 2020
Doctors could soon be administering an entire course of treatment for life-threatening conditions with a 3D printed capsule controlled by magnetic fields thanks to advances made by University of Sussex researchers. Engineers and pharmaceutical scientists from the University of Sussex and The University of Texas at Austin have developed a triggerable and remotely controllable system for on-demand drug delivery. Using 3D printing technology and magnetic actuation, researchers have been able to ... read more

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

First contract signed for tourist space walk reports Roscosmos

Search for benzene on Space Station to resume in July

Thales Alenia Space will provide two key pressurized elements for Axiom commercial space station

NASA renames Washington HQ for 'Hidden Figures' trailblazer

Virgin Galactic signs agreement with NASA

The rocket fired by Scrum

NASA completes Artemis SLS structural testing campaign

Virgin Galactic's Unity completes final test before adding rocket power

NASA takes first step to allow computers to decide what to tell us in search for life on Mars

How NASA's Mars Helicopter Will Reach the Red Planet's Surface

NASA's new Mars mission will take at least a decade to confirm life

The Launch Is Approaching for NASA's Next Mars Rover, Perseverance

China's tracking ship wraps up satellite launch monitoring

Final Beidou launch marks major milestone in China's space effort

Satellite launch center Wenchang eyes boosting homestay, catering sectors

Private investment fuels China commercial space sector growth

NASA moving forward to enable a low-earth orbit economy

India ends monopoly of ISRO with new entity to facilitate private players

WA space project to drive industry growth

SpaceX launch Friday would boost Starlink network to nearly 600

Levitating droplets allow scientists to perform 'touchless' chemical reactions

Precise measurement of liquid iron density under extreme conditions

Oz tech titans to build world's tallest 'hybrid timber' tower in Sydney

Northrop Grumman completes PDR for Overhead Persistent Infrared Subsystem

An experiment in recreating primordial proteins solves a long-standing riddle

Super-Earths discovered orbiting nearby red dwarf

Young Planets Bite the Dust

Beneath the surface of exoplanet water worlds

Ocean in Jupiter's moon Europa "could be habitable"

Evidence supports 'hot start' scenario and early ocean formation on Pluto

Proposed NASA Mission Would Visit Neptune's Curious Moon Triton

SOFIA finds clues hidden in Pluto's haze

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.