Fabrication of MAX-phase-based ceramics by three-dimensional printing

Y. Ma, X. Yin, X. Fan, N. Travitzky, P. Greil

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Three-dimensional printing (3DP) is a flexible and cost-effective method for direct digital manufacturing that provides capabilities for creating a wide range of part geometries in a broad variety of materials. Recently, a combined process of 3DP and reactive melt infiltration (RMI) has been applied to fabricate MAX-phase-based ceramics, exhibiting great potential in the fabrication of bulk compounds with complicated shape. This paper briefly summarizes the fabrication of Ti3AlC2- and Ti3SiC2-based ceramics with the combined process. 3DP facilitates the prior design of a porous preform with specific pore distribution and microstructure, which is beneficial to the control of the volume change of the following reaction in the RMI process, promoting the near-net-shape fabrication of MAX-phase-based ceramics with high flexibility in component geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ceramic Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • RMI
  • Three-dimensional printing
  • Ti<inf>3</inf>AlC<inf>2</inf>
  • Ti<inf>3</inf>SiC<inf>2</inf>

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites

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