Ceramics Additive Manufacturing For Production Parts: An Opportunity Analysis And Ten-year Forecast

Report # SMP-AM-CER17-0817
Published August 13, 2017

Few materials in the world of manufacturing offer as wide a range of applications opportunities as ceramics. When it comes to additive manufacturing, the wide range of ceramic applications and material types is further expanded by the even wider range of different additive manufacturing processes that have been – and are continuously – researched, validated and implemented in ceramic manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing of ceramic materials has been studied for close to two decades and while it has shown great promise from the very beginning only very recently have the first real, practical and commercial applications of ceramics AM begun to emerge.

This market has enormous potential because it offers a valid manufacturing alternative to industrial segments – such as the dental, biomedical, aerospace and energy segments – that are already registering yearly business volumes in the order of several – and even serval hundreds – billions of dollars.

Accurately quantifying the impact that ceramics AM is going to have on the overall ceramics manufacturing industry is a challenging task which must begin from analyzing today’s market in terms of ceramics AM technologies, available materials, dedicated software and ceramics AM service revenues (both material agnostic and dedicated ceramic AM service bureaus). Building on SmarTech Publishing established growth model for the overall AM industry, this report will combine this information with estimates relative to the potential of ceramics AM applications in every major adoption segment.

  • An overview of the global market for 3D printed technical and traditional ceramics.
  • Analyses of global market trends, with estimates and projections of CAGR from 2016 to 2027
  • Evaluation of the market on the basis of product category, application, and region.
  • A technological review of AM technical ceramics, including material types, fabrication technologies and application segments
  • Presentation of market growth trends based on industry growth, technological trends, and regional trends.
  • Profiles of main industry players and products.

This report provides an overview of 3D printed ceramics and primary, commercially available fabrication processes. The report also identifies new and emerging processes for AM of ceramics, analyzing and assessing their potential in terms of medium and long-term revenue opportunities.

The market is analyzed based on Technology (hardware), Materials (both technical and traditional ceramics), Production (in terms of AM service and research), Applications (in terms of primary adoption segments: medical, aerospace, energy, electronics, prototyping, tooling and consumer products such as tableware and jewelry), and Software (general AM and ceramics AM-specific).

The report is divided into five chapters:

The first chapter is an introduction to the topic and with an overview of current ceramic 3D printing issues, challenges and market potential. In this section, current and emerging applications for 3D printed ceramics are identified.

The second chapter is an in-depth analysis of the different ceramics AM technologies. This part of the report includes all information on the main ceramics AM processes as well as estimates and projections of the revenue opportunity they represent.

Chapter three is an analysis of the materials currently used in ceramics AM, both traditional and technical, with an overview of the leading materials suppliers. This part also includes estimates and projection of the relative revenue opportunities.

In the fourth chapter of the study, which covers the field of applications, the analyses will provide an overview of ceramics AM parts and their estimated global value through 2027.

The fifth chapter will provide an overview of the industry and the main players, including hardware manufacturers (OEM), material suppliers, AM software providers and ceramics AM service bureaus.

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Chapter One: The Evolving Role of Ceramic Materials in Additive Manufacturing   
1.1 Key Drivers for Ceramics 3D Printing
1.1.1 Benefits of Ceramics AM
1.1.2 Challenges of Ceramics AM
1.2 Overview of Ceramics AM Materials
1.3 Primary Ceramic 3D Printing Technologies
1.3.1 Stereolithography
1.3.2 Binder Jetting
1.3.3 Extrusion
1.3.4 Other Technologies
1.4 Industrial Segments of Application for Technical Ceramics
1.5 Industrial Segments of Application for Traditional Ceramics
1.6 Notable Trends in Major Adopting Industries for 3D Printed Ceramics
1.6.1 Ceramics for Bioprinting Applications
1.7 Implementation Timeline
1.8 Summary of Ten-year Forecasts for 3D Printed Ceramics
1.9 Methodology
1.10 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Two: Analysis of Ceramics 3D Printing Technologies and Associated Markets 
2.1 Stereolithography (Vat Photopolymerization) of Technical Ceramics
2.2 Ceramics Binder Jetting
2.3 Pneumatic Extrusion Technologies for Ceramics
2.4 Current Status of Ceramics Selective Laser Sintering
2.5 Other AM Processes for Ceramics
2.5.1 NanoParticle Jetting
2.5.2 MultiJet Fusion
2.6 Ten-year Forecasts of Ceramics 3D Printing Hardware
2.7 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Three: Ceramics Materials Used in 3D Printing and Their Applications  
3.1 Stereolithography Materials
3.1.1 Zirconia
3.1.1.1 Zirconia in AM
3.1.1.2 Commercial AM Zirconia Materials
3.1.2 Alumina
3.1.2.1 Alumina in AM
3.1.2.2 Commercial AM Alumina Materials
3.1.3 Silica
3.1.4 Hydroxyapatite and Tricalcium Phosphate (Biomedical)
3.1.4.1 Commercial AM Biomedical Ceramic Materials
3.2 Binder Jetting and other Powder Ceramics Materials for AM
3.2.1 Silica Sand
3.2.2 Zircon
3.2.3 Terracotta, Clay, Porcelain
3.2.4 Technical Ceramics
3.3 Ten-year Forecasts of Ceramics Materials for 3D Printing
3.3.1 Photopolymer-based Ceramics AM Materials Shipments and Sales
3.3.2 Powder-Based Ceramics AM Materials Shipments and Sales
3.3.3 Ceramics AM Materials Revenues by Geographic Locations
3.4 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Four: Ceramics 3D Printing Services and Application
4.1 Ceramics 3D Printing as a Service
4.1.1 Specialized Ceramics AM Services
4.1.2 Segment Agnostic AM Services Offering Ceramics Object Production
4.2 Forecast of Ceramics AM Service Revenues
4.3 Examples of Applications in Major Vertical Markets for Ceramics 3D Printing
4.3.1 3D Printing of High-Performance Ceramic Parts for Aerospace, Automotive
4.3.2 Medical and Bioprinting
4.3.3 Dental
4.3.4 Jewelry
4.3.5 Electronics
4.3.6 Energy
4.4 Ten-year Forecast of Ceramics AM Parts Value
4.4.1 Global Revenue Forecast
4.4.2 Forecast by Geographic Location
4.5 Key Points from This Chapter
Chapter Five: The Industrial Landscape for Ceramics AM   
5.1 Ceramics AM 3D Printer Manufacturers
5.1.1 Stereolithography-based Ceramics System OEM’s
5.1.1.1 3D Ceram
5.1.1.2 Admatec
5.1.1.3 Lithoz
5.1.1.4 Prodways
5.1.1.5 Spintray
5.1.2 Powder Bed-based Ceramics System OEM’s
5.1.2.1 3D Systems
5.1.2.2 Desamanera
5.1.3 Extrusion-based Ceramics Systems OEM’s
5.1.3.1 3D-figo
5.1.3.2 EnvisionTEC
5.1.3.3 WASP
5.1.3.4 nScrypt
5.2 Ceramics AM Services and Research Entities
5.2.1 Cerhum
5.2.2 Emerging Objects
5.2.3 Johnson Matthey
5.2.4 Materialise/iMaterialise
5.2.5 Nervous System
5.2.6 Optimized Systems Engineering (OSE)
5.2.7 Shapeways
5.2.8 Steinbach AG
5.2.9 Tethon3D
5.2.10 Szene Additive (DKG)
5.2.11 WZR
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List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1-1: Primary Ceramics Stereolithography Technologies and System OEM’s
Exhibit 1-2: Primary Ceramics Binder Jetting Technologies and System OEM’s
Exhibit 1-3: Primary Commercially Available Pneumatic Extrusion Technologies and System OEMs
Exhibit 1-4 Primary New Technologies for Ceramics AM and System OEM’s
Exhibit 1-5: Examples for Ceramic Components Used in Aerospace
Exhibit 1-6: Ceramic Automotive Parts
Exhibit 1-7: Adoption Timeline for Scenario 1 (S1) Vs Scenario 2 (S2)
Exhibit 1-8a: Scenario 1 (S1) Overall Market for Ceramics AM
Exhibit 1-8b: Scenario 2 (S2) Overall Market for Ceramics AM
Exhibit 2-1: Visual Map of Commercially Available Ceramics AM Technologies
Exhibit 2-2: Main Systems and Sizes
Exhibit 2-3: Main Systems and Sizes
Exhibit 2-4: Forecasted Average Price by Technology
Exhibit 2-5a: S1 Hardware Units
Exhibit 2-5b: S2 Hardware Units
Exhibit 2-6a: S1 Hardware Sales
Exhibit 2-6b: S2 Hardware Sales
Exhibit 2-7a: S1 Hardware Sales by Geographic Location
Exhibit 2-7b: S2 Hardware Sales by Geographic Location
Exhibit 3-1: Technical Ceramics
Exhibit 3-2: Primary Commercially Available Ceramic Products for Stereolithography Processes, Properties and Applications
Exhibit 3-3: Commercially Available Zirconia AM Materials
Exhibit 3-4: Commercially Available Alumina AM Materials
Exhibit 3-5: Commercially Available Silicate Ceramics Material
Exhibit 3-6: Commercially Available Calcium Ceramics Material for Biomedical Applications
Exhibit 3-7: Primary Commercially Available Ceramic Products for Powder-based Processes, Properties and Applications
Exhibit 3-8a: S1 Shipments of Technical Ceramics AM Materials for Photopolymerization
Exhibit 3-8b: S2 Shipments of Technical Ceramics AM Materials for Photopolymerization
Exhibit 3-9a: S1 Sales of Photopolymer Based Ceramics AM Materials
Exhibit 3-9b: S2 Sales of Photopolymer Based Ceramics AM Materials
Exhibit 3-10a: S1 Shipments of Powder Based Ceramics for AM
Exhibit 3-10b: S2 Shipments of Powder Based Ceramics for AM
Exhibit 3-11a: S1 Powder-based AM Ceramics Sales
Exhibit 3-11b: S2 Powder-based AM Ceramics Sales
Exhibit 3-12a: S1 Photopolymer Ceramic AM Sales by Geographic location
Exhibit 3-12b: S2 Photopolymer Ceramic AM Sales by Geographic location
Exhibit 3-13b: S2 Powder Ceramic AM Sales by Geographic Location
Exhibit 4-1: Typical Process Workflow for AM of Technical Ceramic Parts
Exhibit 4-2: S1/S2 Ceramics AM Units Shipments
Exhibit 4-3: S1/S2 Ceramics AM Service Revenues
Exhibit 4-4: S1/S2 Technical Ceramics Services Revenues by Location
Exhibit 4-5: S1/S2 Traditional Ceramics Services Revenues by Location
Exhibit 4-6a: S1 Comparison Between Traditional and Technical Ceramics AM Forecast
Exhibit 4-6b: S2 Comparison Between Traditional and Technical Ceramics AM Forecast
Exhibit 4-7a: S1 Forecast of Traditional Ceramics AM Part Value
Exhibit 4-7b: S2 Forecast of Traditional Ceramics AM Part Value
Exhibit 4-8a: S1 Forecast of Technical Ceramics AM Part Value
Exhibit 4-8b: S2 Forecast of Technical Ceramics AM Part Value
Exhibit 4-9a: S1 Traditional Ceramics AM Parts Revenues by Location
Exhibit 4-9b: S2 Traditional Ceramics AM Parts Revenues by Location
Exhibit 4-10a: S1 Technical Ceramics AM Parts Revenues by Location
Exhibit 4-10b: S2 Technical Ceramics AM Parts Revenues by Location


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