Additive Manufacturing of Transparent Silica Glass from Solutions

Ido Cooperstein, Efrat Shukrun, Ofir Press, Alexander Kamyshny, Shlomo Magdassi*

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A sol, aqueous solution-based ink is presented for fabrication of 3D transparent silica glass objects with complex geometries, by a simple 3D printing process conducted at room temperature. The ink combines a hybrid ceramic precursor that can undergo both the photopolymerization reaction and a sol-gel process, both in the solution form, without any particles. The printing is conducted by localized photopolymerization with the use of a low-cost 3D printer. Following printing, upon aging and densifying, the resulting objects convert from a gel to a xerogel and then to a fused silica. The printed objects, which are composed of fused silica, are transparent and have tunable density and refractive indices.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)18879-18885
Number of pages7
JournalACS applied materials & interfaces
Issue number22
StatePublished - 6 Jun 2018

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  • 3D printing
  • additive manufacturing
  • ceramic
  • silica
  • sol-gel
  • transparent glass


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