Expansion of development of transparent ceramics
By integrating the transparent ceramics division of the CeramTec-ETEC GmbH (PERLUCOR®), Fraunhofer IKTS will significantly expand its existing competences in the development of transparent ceramics. The new technical infrastructure enables the establishment of a research and development center for transparent ceramics at the IKTS site in Hermsdorf.
With the financial support of the Free State of Thuringia, a complete ceramic technology chain consisting of equipment for conditioning high- purity powders, shaping, heat treatment, laser processing and ultra-precision finishing will be installed in Hermsdorf, providing a link between laboratory scale and industrial production.
Ceramic technology in Hermsdorf will thus achieve a performance leap in terms of component size, degree of purity and innovative manufacturing.
The funding is an important foundation for future projects. It represents a real milestone in the development of Thuringia, especially the industrial region Hermsdorf, towards Europe’s leading center for advanced ceramics.
Transparent ceramics are characterized by excellent material properties and are superior in comparison to glass, sapphire or gorilla glass in many applications:
Unique characteristics and subsequent applications of transparent ceramics
The project is partially funded by the Free State of Thuringia with the funding code 2021 FGI 0002.