A comprehensive study of dense zirconia components fabricated by additive manufacturing

Jinxing Sun, Xiaoteng Chen, James Wade-Zhu, Jon Binner, Jiaming Bai*

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Although additive manufacturing offers numerous potential advantages for fabricating functional, complex geometry zirconia parts with efficiency, industrial interest in practical applications is currently lacking. This potentially stems from the need for a more comprehensive investigation into the performance of additively manufactured zirconia components, which is essential for promoting and initializing industrial applications. The aim of this study is thus to provide a detailed evaluation of zirconia specimens fabricated by one of the most utilized ceramic additive manufacturing technologies, viz. digital light processing (DLP), with a range of typical zirconia components being printed. Key performance factors captured within include achievable density, surface quality measurements, dimensional accuracy, degree of shrinkage, and mechanical properties. The results of this work demonstrates that the performance of the DLP-prepared zirconia parts is comparable to those of conventionally fabricated zirconia. It is believed that this paper will serve as a good reference for academic and industrial communities interested in this rapidly expanding field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101994
Number of pages12
JournalAdditive Manufacturing
Early online date15 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Yaqiang Ji of the Southern University of Science and Technology for his assistance. The authors acknowledge the assistance of SUSTech Core Research Facilities. This work was financially supported by Guangdong Province International Collaboration Programme [Grant no. 2019A050510003] and Shenzhen Key Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing of High-performance Materials [Grant no. ZDSYS201703031748354].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Elsevier B.V.


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Digital light processing
  • Dimensional accuracy
  • Fracture toughness
  • Zirconia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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