///Ceramics in an AM process | Performance
How 3D printed materials perform if they are compared to traditional produced products is an interesting research. To get a general understanding of material behaviour we started printing standardised stones with a ceramic 3D printer. Although it does not make use of the benefits of AM, it’s a good way to compare the product’s characteristics.
The 3D printed stones have different amounts of infill to understand the influence of material interlocking during the compression tests. In general we want to know the ceramic’s performance and whether the 3D printed material is isotropic or not. Looking at a printed section, it looks anisotropic. The thickness of the filament layers differs along the section, but a closer look at a specimen has shown that the glassification process took place between the layers as well. This presumes that the material itself becomes isotropic and that failure behaviour has to do with a FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) characteristic, which emerge when round layers of material are put on top of each other.