3D-Printed Transparent Glass

Du T. Nguyen, Cameron Meyers, Timothy D. Yee, Nikola A. Dudukovic, Joel F. Destino, Cheng Zhu, Eric B. Duoss, Theodore F. Baumann, Tayyab Suratwala, James E. Smay, Rebecca Dylla-Spears

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Silica inks are developed, which may be 3D printed and thermally processed to produce optically transparent glass structures with sub-millimeter features in forms ranging from scaffolds to monoliths. The inks are composed of silica powder suspended in a liquid and are printed using direct ink writing. The printed structures are then dried and sintered at temperatures well below the silica melting point to form amorphous, solid, transparent glass structures. This technique enables the mold-free formation of transparent glass structures previously inaccessible using conventional glass fabrication processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1701181
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Jul 12 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Nguyen, D. T., Meyers, C., Yee, T. D., Dudukovic, N. A., Destino, J. F., Zhu, C., ... Dylla-Spears, R. (2017). 3D-Printed Transparent Glass. Advanced Materials, 29(26), [1701181]. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201701181