2D-3D Printing Technologies for Ceramics and Glass

El curso consistirá en cinco clases tutoriales, en las que los alumnos tendrán la oportunidad de tomar contacto con los últimos avances de la impresión 2D y 3D para cerámica y vidrio. Se abordarán las innovaciones en tecnología, feedstock y productos, de las técnicas de manufactura aditiva con mayor proyección en el sector, como son: la impresión por fusión de hilo, la impresión de barbotinas, el moldeo robotizado, la impresión por curado de luz o la inyección de tintas. Se hará hincapié en las ventajas que presentan estas tecnologías, como el ahorro de materias primas, la versatilidad y la fabricación de productos personalizados, pero también se valorarán estrategias para la resolución de problemas de consumo energético y/o problemas medioambientales derivados de uso de disolventes orgánicos, mediante la implementación de la química suave y/o verde (green chemistry y soft chemistry).


Dr. Emilio Jiménez, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya- BarcelonaTECH
Dr. Pedro Miranda, Universidad de Extremadura
Prof. Paula Vilarinho, Universidade de Aveiro


Lesson I: Inkjet printing as an additive manufacturing method for ceramics. Key issues, examples of applications & future trends

Fabrice Rossignol - Institute of Research on Ceramics, CNRS (France)

Dr Fabrice ROSSIGNOL (49 years old) received his Ph.D. in 1995 at the University of Limoges in the field of Ceramic Processes and of Surface Treatments. He used to be a post-doc fellow in the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology in Japan from 1996 to 1998. Then he joined the industry being a technical manager for the Bosch Company from 1999 to 2001. In 2002, he came back in the academic field as a research staff at the French National Research Council (CNRS) working in the laboratory of Science of Ceramic Processes and of Surface Treatments (SPCTS), now the Institute of Research for Ceramics (IRCER – 200 members) in Limoges, France. From the beginning of 2018 he’s been acting as the Deputy Director of IRCER. Before, from 2007 to 2017, he was the Team leader of the Ceramic Processes Team at IRCER (50 researchers). This team conducts integrated researches ranging from powder synthesis to the fabrication of prototype objects with improved or new properties using various shaping techniques (e.g. additive manufacturing). The aim of the team is to control all the preparation steps to obtain micro(nano)structures and macroscopic architectures adapted to specific functionalities of technical ceramics. His personal research interests are:

  • The shaping of nanostructured ceramics (top-down and bottom-up approaches)
  • The development of additive manufacturing technologies

Lesson II: Additive manufacturing of ceramics by robocasting

Dr. Pedro Miranda - Industrial Engineering School. University of Extremadura (Badajoz, Spain)

Born in Castuera, Badajoz (Spain), Pedro Miranda studied Physics and received his PhD in 2003 at the University of Extremadura (Spain). He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Energy and Materials Engineering of the Industrial Engineering School at Universidad de Extremadura and member of the materials science research group GEMA. He was Marie Curie OIF Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2005-2006) and ERC Starting Grant finalist in 2011 and is accredited for Full-professorship since 2014. With an h-index of 22, he is the author of over 50 articles totaling more than 1400 citations (i.e. around 26 citations per paper, source: Scopus), 2 patents and over 70 contributions to national and international scientific meetings. He has participated in 12 research projects, in 7 as principal investigator (PI), and supervised 6 PhD Theses, 5 Master Theses and 32 BSc Final Projects.

His current research interests are:

  • Development and optimization of customized scaffolds from bioactive ceramics and glasses by rapid-prototyping (robocasting).
  • Development of hybrid biomaterials produced by impregnation/coating of bioceramic structures with biodegradable polymers.
  • Development of multi-segmented composites for protective applications.

Lesson III: 3D-printed patient-specific bone graft substitutes: Industrial flow chain

Santiago Raymond - Mimetis Biomaterials / Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-Barcelona TECH (Barcelona, Spain)

Born in Barcelona, Santiago Raymond obtained a double degree in Materials Science and Industrial Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ETSEIB-UPC, Barcelona, Spain) and the Université de Lorraine (EEIGM-UL, Nancy, France). He obtained his Master's degree in Materials Science at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ETSEIB-UPC), where he worked on 3D printing of polymeric cardiovascular stents by microextrusion. He is currently working in a joint Industrial Ph.D. Thesis between Mimetis Biomaterials and the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering group of UPC, under the supervision of Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra. The research topic of his Thesis is the development of biomimetic bone grafts by advanced processing methodologies such as 3D direct ink writing and cement foaming.

Lesson IV: Introduction to ceramic inkjet decoration. What I need?

Isaac Nebot - L’Escola Superior Ceràmica L’Alcora (Castellón)

Dr. Isaac Nebot-Díaz, was born in Castellón in 1975. He got the Chemistry Degree by University Jaume I of Castellón, and he received his PhD in 2001 in the same University. His research activity has been always involved with inkjet ceramic technology. He started with development of ceramic inks and primers for ceramic applications. After 5 years working in industrial research, he became Ceramic Materials and Technology Professor in the Ceramic School of Alcora (ESCAL) until today. He has participated in 5 research projects, supervised 4 PhD thesis and over 30 Bachelor Final Projects. Author of 65 scientific articles in national and international Journals, over 80 international congress lectures, 2 international patents, and recently author of the only book related with ceramic inkjet printing, “Digital Ceramic Decoration, an Introduction”. He is member of the staff of Ceramic Technicians Association (ATC) and Spanish Ceramic and Glass Society (SECV).

Lesson V: Indoor and Outdoor emissions due to the Inks, in the production of Ceramic Tiles

Prof. Paolo Zannini - Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Módena, Italy)

Prof. Paolo Zannini was born on 1952. He got the Chemistry Degree by Modena University on 1976, and started to work at Chemistry Department, where it still stays at the Analytic Chemistry Section. Besides teaching activity, as Associate Professor, he set his work mainly on the study of Ceramic Materials, particularly on Traditional Ceramic ones (tiles, heavy clay mat., sanitaryware, tableware). His interests  cover the study of analytic problems on ceramics ( like, e.g., optimization of inorganic pigments production, chemical pigmentation by absorption…), pyrolysis phenomena, solid and gaseous pollutant control, inertization problems, surface functionalization etc.

For these application he is expert on:

  • FTIR, MicFTIR spectroscopy
  • MicRaman spectroscopy
  • UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • XRD , FRX
  • Atomic spectroscopy as emission ICP and absorption AAS
  • Thermal Analyses DTA, TG e DTG, Dilatometry
  • GC-MS
  • Hg porosimetry
  • Ceramic Technological analyses

For this activity he was and is Consultant of Ceramic Producers and of Ceramic Plant Suppliers, responsible of public grants for a strategic Project on Materials and he is member of the Scientific Board of Ceramic Journals and Magazines. He is Expert Consultant of ICE-Italian Trade Commission, and Teacher for ICE foreign Courses, Ceramic Materials Technology, in China, India, Vietnam, Iran, Korea, Russia etc. He was responsible for National Research projects in the field of  Ceramic Materials, and responsible for regional and local grants in the same applications. He was President of the Italian Ceramic Society – I.Cer.S. and member of the Board of European Ceramic Society – E.Cer.S. Scientific activity is summarized in more than 100 articles on referred international and national magazines and in more than a hundred lectures to international and national Congresses and Conferences, often as invited Speaker or acting as Chairman.