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Ceramic 3D Printing Market Size by Form (Powder, Resin, Filament), Application (Rapid Prototyping, Tooling, Part Production), and Industry (Healthcare, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive), Industry Analysis Report, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 - 2025

  • Report ID: GMI4385
  • Published Date: Oct 2019
  • Report Format: PDF

Ceramic 3D Printing Market Size

Ceramic 3D Printing Market size is estimated to exhibit over 29% CAGR from 2019 to 2025, from $20 million in 2018. Aerospace and defense segment held nearly one-third of the total share of the global market and is expected to maintain its dominant position throughout the forecast period.

Ceramic 3D Printing Market

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Additive manufacturing or 3D printing of ceramics are done in powder, resin, or filament forms in specially designed equipment. Superior thermal properties of the product make them able to resist temperatures as high as 600 °C, and even higher. The product also provides a wide choice of color, to meet the aesthetic requirement of the final products. This is the latest type of additive manufacturing material to be introduced in the ceramic 3D printing industry and are gaining fast popularity over metal and plastic materials.

Ceramics are widely used in several applications including biomedical, aerospace, automotive and electronics engineering owing to high mechanical strength & hardness and good thermal & chemical stability. Long processing timings and higher costs associated with ceramic forming techniques are major factors limiting ceramic usage in these applications. However, developments in ceramic additive manufacturing enables easy fabrication of complex geometries and thereby escalate the product demand.

Increasing demand for ceramic in the healthcare industry will provide a lucrative opportunity for ceramic 3d printing market expansion. Ceramics are mainly used in the dental sector for dental restoration applications including crowns, bridges, and veneers. Developments in ceramic materials including zirconia can be used as monolithic materials that eliminate the usage of porcelain chipping without losing physical stability of materials, thereby offer wider application in dental resonation.

R&D investments in developments of new ceramic materials for additive manufacturing will support ceramic 3d printing market expansion. Tethon 3D and Canon Inc. have developed alumina ceramic powder, that enhances corrosion, wear, and thermal stress resistance properties of materials. Additionally, the technology enables users to produce complex geometries with a high dimensional accuracy of over 99%. However, availability of substitutes for various industries might hinder the product popularity in coming years.

Additive manufacturing of ceramics is gaining momentum across the globe owing to optimization of timing and material usage by this process. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has provided several standards for ensuring the tensile strength, elongation, and thermal properties of ceramic materials. Such standards ensure the safety of fabricated parts and thereby support the ceramic 3d printing industry growth over the forecast timeframe.

Ceramic 3D Printing Market Analysis

3D Printing Ceramics Market by Form

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Resin forms provide flexibility in the additive manufacturing process and are ideal for making high resolution products. This segment will showcase considerable growth in the market and valued more than USD 7 million in 2018 owing to increasing usage of advanced resins into dental restoration applications. Developments of several technologies including MOVINGLight UV polymerization technology allow fabricated parts with up to 99% ceramic density after de-binding and sintering. This enables resin to be used in several applications including medical and electronics. Additionally, several industry participants, are launching new resins for additive manufacturing processes. For instance, in August 2018, Ackuretta Technologies, launched ceramic resin material for DLP 3D printers. This strategy enable company to enhance their presence in medical sector.

Powdered ceramics hold dominance in the ceramic 3D printing market with approximately two-thirds the volume share, owing to development of new ceramic powders that can be used in tooling and part manufacturing. These forms are recommended in powder/binder jet 3D printers and are relatively easy to use. Powdered ceramics are abundantly available at lower costs as compared to other product forms. Additionally, the excess powder waste in one additive manufacturing stage can be recycled. This enables the user to incur material losses, thereby further escalating demand.

3D Printing Ceramics Market by Industry

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Ceramic rapid prototyping is a popular process to develop and try out new designs before using expensive tooling. This segment was valued at more than USD 10 million in 2018 and enables manufacturers of large and complex parts to eliminate of the process of repetitive and expensive re-tooling during the manufacturing processes. Rapid prototyping is used in several biomedical and casting molds owing to excellent surface finish and dimensional accuracy of fabricated parts.

Part production application of ceramic 3D printing market analysis will showcase gains with more than 30% compounded growth in the future, owing to development of upgraded printers for several applications. Advancements in additive manufacturing further enable part manufacturers to achieve higher dimensional accuracy along with ease in producing complex parts. This in turn reduces overall manufacturing costs for intricate structures and complex shapes. Additionally, usage of several ceramic materials such as composite ceramics further contributed to enhanced mechanical properties of fabricated parts, thereby supporting product preferences.

Aerospace & defense held more than 30% of the volume share in the industry and will grow substantially between 2019 and 2025 considering rising ceramic material adoption in commercial and military aircraft. Ceramic materials are lightweight as compared to metals and possess high thermal stability in adverse conditions. Ceramic structures are used in the aerospace industry as thermal barrier coatings in high temperature areas such as the primary engine, propeller, booster and other sections of the propulsion system. Additionally, 3D printed ceramic matrix composites (CMC) are integrated into landing systems to minimize the overall weight of the landing system while taking a higher impact force while maintaining core structure shape and stability.

Automotive ceramics was valued close to USD 7.5 million in 2018, owing to rising vehicle production in highly populated regions. Ceramic additive manufacturing enables auto part manufacturers to ease any design modifications owing to their ability to print new prototypes directly from updated design files saved on software platforms such as CAD-CAM. This provides opportunity for automotive manufacturers to increase manufacturing turnover, reduce cycle times and quickly produce key complex parts within the least time.

Ceramic 3D Printing Market by Region

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North America held its dominance in the ceramic 3D printing market with over 40% volume share owing to presence of several aircraft manufacturers in the region. Integration of ceramic fabricated parts in aircraft engines along with development of several new materials will further propel attractiveness. Rising popularity of low-weight designs and advanced stealth technologies in defense applications will employ additive manufacturing techniques to reduce the overall weight of aircrafts and enable a variety of design standards in the field. Lightweight characteristics would also reduce the overall carbon footprint through enhanced fuel efficiency.

Asia Pacific will showcase the fastest growth owing to rising electric vehicle production in the region and advent of smart technologies. The region accounted for about half of the total vehicle production across the globe in 2018. Additionally, rising aging population in several counties including China and Japan along with growing ceramic 3D printing applications in medical sector will provide lucrative opportunity for expansion.

Ceramic 3D Printing Market Share

Industry participants in the ceramic 3D printing market share includes :

  • 3D Ceram
  • Admatec
  • Emerging Objects
  • ExOne
  • Formlabs Inc
  • Lithoz
  • Prodways
  • Steinbach AG
  • Tethon 3D.

Product launch along with development of new and more durable ceramic forms for 3D printing are the key strategies adopted by players to enhance their market presence. For instance, in January 2017, 3DCeram launched compact Ceramaker 100 for smaller and intricate ceramic printing applications. This strategy enabled the company to enhance their product capabilities for wider range of applications.

The ceramic 3D printing market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in kilograms & revenue in USD Thousand from 2014 to 2025, for the following segments:

Market by Form

  • Powder
  • Resin
  • Filament

Market by Application

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Tooling
  • Part Manufacturing

Market by Industry

  • Healthcare
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

Market by Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Singapore
    • Taiwan
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Israel
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Akshay Prakash

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The overall ceramic 3D printing market was valued at $20 million in the year 2018.

ceramic 3D printing market is likely to depict a crcr of 29% over 2019-2025.

While ceramics are used in industries like aerospace, biomedical, and automotive, higher costs and long processing times limit their use. However, technological advancements in ceramic 3D printing is likely to foster its demand by simplifying fabrication of complex shapes.

Healthcare application segment is expected to facilitate the 3D printing ceramics industry with a lucrative growth opportunity owing to an increasing demand in the field of dental restoration for veneers, bridges, and crowns.

In terms of regional growth, the Asia Pacific is slated to record the fastest growth in coming years. The advent of smart technologies coupled with increasing electric vehicle production across the region may propel APAC market size.

Aerospace & defense sector accounts for a sizable chunk of the overall 3D printing ceramics market volume share. The segment is likely to record significant growth during the forthcoming years due to rising adoption of ceramic materials across military and commercial aircrafts.

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  • Base Year: 2018
  • Companies covered: 9
  • Tables & Figures: 371
  • Countries covered: 18
  • Pages: 230
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