Ikonics working on particle beam technology to machine ceramic composites

Ikonics will work with Lockheed martin to develop a method of machining ceramic matrix composites using Ikonics' particle beam technology.

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Imaging technology company Ikonics Corp. (Duluth, Minn., USA) announced on April 18 that it is working with Lockheed Martin to develop a new method of machining ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials using Ikonics' proprietary particle beam technology.

"CMC is notoriously difficult to machine because of its hardness and non-uniformity. Our technology eliminates edge damage to the material caused by remelt with lasers or delamination with waterjet or mechanical machining methods," says Karl Shaw, Ikonics' chief technology officer.

When this technology might be fully developed was not reported by Ikonics. 

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