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


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Published on Aug 13, 2017 SKU SMP-AM-CER17-0817 Categories , Tag

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.