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SINTX to develop ceramic 3D printing for US Army

DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory will leverage Technology Assessment & Transfer's expertise in ceramic AM and ceramic matrix composites (CMCs)

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Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. (TA&T), a wholly owned subsidiary of SINTX Technologies, a manufacturer and developer of advanced ceramic materials and related technologies, has entered a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM ARL). This partnership is expected to leverage the strengths of both organizations in the areas of ceramic 3D printing and ceramic matrix composites (CMCs).

The US Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory is the US Army’s research laboratory, strategically placed under the Army Futures Command. DEVCOM ARL is the Army’s sole foundational research laboratory focused on cutting-edge scientific discovery, technological innovation, and transitioning capabilities for the future Army.

Technology Assessment and Transfer, Inc., began work on ceramic 3D printing in the mid-1990s – printing its first component in 1998. SINTX now provides prototype and Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) ceramic 3D printing services, sells ceramic-filled resins that customers use in their own printing processes, and works with multiple customers in the development of printing solutions for new materials.

In parallel to ceramic 3D printing, SINTX’s Maryland site has also been developing ultra-high temperature CMCs, and building extensive capabilities in the densification of fiber-based preforms using both chemical vapor infiltration and polymer infiltration and pyrolysis. The company plans to contribute to the dramatic increase in the market need for these materials in hypersonic vehicle applications.

“We have a highly skilled team of engineers and technicians here in Maryland, all of whom are instrumental in pushing this cutting-edge work forward. I look forward to optimizing our offerings in these markets while also working with DEVCOM ARL to build both teams’ knowledge and capabilities in advanced technologies,” said Ann Kutsch, General Manager of the Maryland site.

Earlier this month, SINTX announced the closing of its $4 million public offering of 16,000,000 units, with each unit being sold at $0.25.

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