14. - 17.11.2017
Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
International exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies
Session Materials & Process - Stage 2
14:30 Frederik Kotz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Thursday, 16.11.2017, 14:30 - 15:00 hrs
Additive manufacturing of transparent fused silica glass
Frederik Kotz presents high resolution, three-dimensional printing of transparent fused silica glass using stereolithography (STL) printers. He also discusses the newly developed silica nanocomposites which can be printed using STL printers. After thermal debinding and sintering, the nanocomposite yields three-dimensional components with a transparency, as well as chemical and mechanical properties, identical to pure fused silica glass. The surface quality of the printed glass components is fully compatible with the demand of (micro)optics allowing the manufacturing of diffractive and refractive optical elements as well as lenses. Printing of glass will find many applications in optics, photonics, data technology, life sciences, medical diagnostics, process chemistry, biotechnology as well as industrial and commodity design, architecture and construction. It puts one of the oldest material mankind has used onto the centre stage of the 21st century 3D printing revolution.
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Phd Student, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Deutschland
Dipl.-Ing. Frederik Kotz studied mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology (KIT). He is currently a member of the Neptun Lab of Dr. Bastian Rapp at the Institute for Microstrucutre Technology (IMT) at the KIT. His Phd thesis focuses on new materials for additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping. His work has been published in high impact journals like Nature and Advance Materials.