Reeja Jayan was Recognized as an Innovator in 3D Printing by

B. Reeja Jayan was recognized as an innovator in 3D printing by for her work in creating more efficient ceramic 3D printing techniques.

The article, which highlighted Jayan’s recent receipt of a $500,000 NSF CAREER Award, focused on her research in using electromagnetic waves to manipulate ceramic structures.

Her method could provide major energy savings in comparison to traditional heat firing, enabling the 3D printing of industrial-grade ceramics and greatly expanding their range of practical applications.

Eliminating the Limitations of Ceramics as 3D-Printed Materials

The spectrum of materials that can be used in 3D printing applications is widening. While 3D printing has traditionally been dominated by metals and polymers, new research is exploring the potential of a little-used but versatile class of 3D printing building block: ceramics

Ceramics, a sweeping term that encompasses a multitude of inorganic, nonmetallic solids, are typically manufactured by molding materials and then exposing them to extremely high temperatures. The classic example, of course, is clay pottery, a manufacturing technique that stretches back millennia. While the processes that are used to make industrial-class ceramics today don’t bear much resemblance to ancient pot-making, one key limitation remains: they require a lot of heat. At scale, using ceramics in industries like aerospace, healthcare and transportation hasn’t made sense because of the tremendous energy required to heat that volume of material. Jayan’s research looks poised to disrupt that paradigm.

Written by Lane Long,

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