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Ceramics 4.0

Sub-Project Type: 1

Sub-projects for the development of digital manufacturing applications and services for the EFPF platform


Translation of ceramics manufacturing to Industry 4.0 significantly lags behind other materials. Building upon the current framework of EFPF, the sub-project will generate an automated route for the green machining of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) as a forefront showcase for the integration of high-performance ceramics to EFPF. A mobile app, process and material databases, physics-based simulations for the selection of process parameters will pave the way for smart manufacturing of ceramics on EFPF.

Ceramics 4.0 is hosted by Sabanci University, a non-profit, research-focused University in Istanbul. The sub-project aims at fostering industry-academia collaborations to deliver ready-to-adapt solutions for the processing of ceramics.

Main objectives of the sub-project are: 

High-performance ceramics serve a spectrum of applications ranging from dental crowns and prosthetics to refractories. The realization of smart and autonomous systems for ceramics manufacturing necessitates correct catering to the processing of different types of ceramics.

Green machining is the shaping of the weakly-bound ceramic powder; it requires much lower forces and does not lead to tool wear. Here, the sub-project aims to tackle the challenges in the process planning and development of green machining on a model ceramic system, YSZ, that is used in aerospace and biomaterial applications. The sub-project  will:

  1. Create model-based datasets for process parameter selection

  2. Monitor the process for continuous improvement and consider a holistic approach for the planning of rapid manufacturing by accounting interaction among different manufacturing processes

  3. Work towards 100% recyclability of materials

  4. Initiate an open process and material database for green machining

To find more information about the Ceramics 4.0 project, the presentation slides can be downloaded here, and seen to the right. Alongside this, the Open Call Story, and Exhibition Pitch videos can be seen below.

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