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3D printed glass: surface finish and bulk properties as a function of the printing process

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  • S. Klein
  • M. Avery
  • R. Richardson
  • P. Bartlett
  • R. Frei
  • S. Simske
3D-printing, along with other additive manufacturing (AM) and rapid prototyping (RP) techniques, involves building up structures in a layer by layer fashion based upon a computer design file. Such techniques are well suited to the production of one-off, complex structures that would often be difficult to produce using traditional manufacturing methods. There has been rapid growth and interest in this field during recent years and a range of techniques are now available which make use of many common materials such as plastic, metal, wood and ceramic. However, relatively little has been done to develop AM using glass. Glass is usually printed at room temperature and requires a second step, the firing process, to achieve the final result. Depending on which 3D printing technique is used to produce the so called greenware and what support material surrounds the object during firing the surface finish and the bulk properties differ greatly. We will report different techniques and the physical properties (Young’s modulus, opacity and density) of glass generated by them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSPIE Proceedings Vol. 9398
Subtitle of host publicationMeasuring, Modeling, and Reproducing Material Appearance 2015
EditorsMaria V. Ortiz Segovia, Philipp Urban, Francisco H. Imai
PublisherSociety of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2015
EventMeasuring, modeling, and reproducing material appearance 2015 - Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 9 Feb 201510 Feb 2015


ConferenceMeasuring, modeling, and reproducing material appearance 2015
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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    Rights statement: Susanne Klein, Michael P. Avery, Robert Richardson, Paul Bartlett, Regina Frei, Steven Simske. '3D printed glass: surface finish and bulk properties as a function of the printing process'. SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9398: Measuring, Modeling, and Reproducing Material Appearance 2015 Maria V. Ortiz Segovia; Philipp Urban; Francisco H. Imai, Editors. Copyright 2015 Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.

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