Synteris Receives $2.7M Award for Ceramic Electronics 3D Printing Technology

Synteris, a Maryland-based startup, has raised $2.7 million in funding towards the development of a novel ceramic 3D printing approach. The funding comes from the US Department of Energy who released a total of $175 million through their Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) grant program. The grants will fund 68 R&D projects focused on disruptive technologies in the energy, electric vehicle, storage, and nuclear recycling industries.

Synteris’ technology is designed to serve as an alternative means of producing parts from non-oxide ceramics, like carbides, nitrides, and borides. The approach synthesizes non-oxide material in-situ as opposed to directly laser melting ceramic feedstock powders. The use of laser-induced reactions between their reactive precursor system and a gaseous atmosphere synthesize an array of carbides or nitrides by altering the reactant gas and precursor constituents.

The technology has been coined Selective Laser Reaction Sintering (SLRS). The company intends to use this new funding to deploy SLRS in the creation of a new form of electronics packaging capable of improving EV and aircraft performance.

As part of the ARPA-E program, Synteris will work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to improve the thermal management, power density, performance, and lifetime of ceramic packaging for power electronic modules.

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