AFRL Partners With Florida State University to Develop Reinforced Ceramics 3-D Printing of Sensors


Dr. Amanda Schrand of AFRL’s Munitions Directorate and Dr. Cheryl Xu (then an associate professor at Florida State University and now located at North Carolina State University) have been collaborating since 2016. Their research focused on various materials solutions for high-temperature sensors and diagnostics. The team consisted of many collaborators that were assessing the gaps in 3-D printing technology. Ceramics printing came as a natural materials gap and also fit into their topic on survivability for defense environments (courtesy photo).

Posted: July 14, 2020

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.– The Air Force Research Laboratory recently partnered with Florida State University to develop reinforced ceramics 3-D printing of sensors.

The technology of reinforced ceramics 3-D printing of sensors uses a new liquid polymer in a 3-D printer that can dispense pre-ceramic polymer, which is then pyrolyzed to form ceramic.


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