Ceramics can be used in a wide range of industries due to their rigidity, chemical resistance and numerous adjustable properties. Composition and microstructure are highly variable and are customised at HTL. In addition to the application properties, the manufacturing processes are also optimised. Here, the focus is on the heat treatment processes.
At HTL, oxide, non-oxide and silicate ceramics are developed. Depending on the application, these have a dense or porous structure or are even specifically produced with foam structures.
Ceramic composites are used to further improve the application or processing properties compared to monolithic ceramics. For example, metallic additives can be used to produce ceramics that can be electroerosively machined or inductively heated.
Additive manufacturing also opens up new design possibilities for ceramic components, no longer only for the production of prototypes but also for the production of series parts. HTL is developing novel slip-based 3D printing processes based on layer-by-layer slip deposition (free flow structuring) and local electrophoretic deposition.