Additive manufacturing of glass with laser powder bed fusion

Kyriaki Corinna Datsiou, Ehab Saleh, Fiona Spirrett, Ruth Goodridge, Ian Ashcroft, David Eustice

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Its transparency, esthetic appeal, chemical inertness, and electrical resistivity make glass an excellent candidate for small- and large-scale applications in the chemical, electronics, automotive, aerospace, and architectural industries. Additive manufacturing of glass has the potential to open new possibilities in design and reduce costs associated with manufacturing complex customized glass structures that are difficult to shape with traditional casting or subtractive methods. However, despite the significant progress in the additive manufacturing of metals, polymers, and ceramics, limited research has been undertaken on additive manufacturing of glass. In this study, a laser powder bed fusion method was developed for soda lime silica glass powder feedstock. Optimization of laser processing parameters was undertaken to define the processing window for creating three-dimensional multilayer structures. These findings enable the formation of complex glass structures with micro- or macroscale resolution. Our study supports laser powder bed fusion as a promising method for the additive manufacturing of glass and may guide the formation of a new generation of glass structures for a wide range of applications.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4410
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number8
Early online date21 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019


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