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3D Printed Technical Ceramics: Technologies and Global Markets

3D Printed Technical Ceramics: Technologies and Global Markets

  • June 2017
  • 125 pages
  • ID: 4977673
  • Format: PDF
  • By BCC Research


Table of Contents

• The global market for 3D printing of technical ceramics reached $118 million and $142 million in 2015 and 2016, respectively. This market is expected to increase from $174 million in 2017 to $544 million in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.6% for 2017-2022.
• Mechanical/Chemicals application market is expected to grow from $78 million in 2017 to $239 million in 2022 at a CAGR of 25.1% from 2017 through 2022.
• Life sciences application market is expected to grow from $74 million in 2017 to $256 million in 2022 at a CAGR of 28.2% from 2017 through 2022.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Study Goals and Objectives
Although introduced in the 1980s as a rapid prototyping technique, 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) has experienced double-digit growth in recent years and is increasingly being adopted as a manufacturing process in various industrial sectors. 3D printing is mainly being used for polymer and metal forming but applications in ceramics are also rapidly growing. Ceramics are usually divided into two broad categories: traditional ceramics (i.e., refractories, structural clay products, whiteware, pottery, abrasive and cement) and advanced or technical ceramics (i.e., ceramics for electrical, optical, medical, mechanical, chemical and energy applications).

The goal of this study is to analyze the growth of 3D printing for technical ceramics, which is considered by many observers to be a more challenging segment of the ceramic industry for application of 3D printing. In this study, BCC Research provides a current and detailed assessment of the market for 3D printing of
technical ceramics, including an objective analysis of industry and technological trends, and prospects for future growth. In addition, an updated review of the most important advances in ceramic 3D printing technology is offered, with a focus on those technologies that will contribute to market growth over the
next five years.

Specifically, the major objectives of this study are to:
• Identify technical ceramics that are being developed or manufactured by 3D printing methods.
• Provide an update of the most advanced processes employed for 3D printing of technical
• Highlight new technological developments during the past three years, while outlining current technical issues.
• Review existing fields of application for 3D printed technical ceramics and examine emerging applications.
• Estimate global markets for 3D printing of technical ceramics by product type, material, technology, application and region, with growth forecasts through 2022 for each market segment.
• Identify important technology and industry trends within each market segment.
• Offer an updated review of current industry players, including manufacturers of 3D printed technical ceramics, equipment suppliers for ceramic 3D printing, technology developers and future market participants.
• Provide a description of the most relevant research and development activities.
• Determine trends in recently issued U.S. patents.

Reasons for Doing This Study
The global 3D printing industry is currently valued at over $7 billion and is expanding at a very healthy rate, with a CAGR greater than 20% through 2022. Ceramic 3D printing represents almost 11% of this market and is dominated by printing of consumer products, primarily pottery. However, there is growing interest in the development and commercialization of 3D printed technical ceramics for various applications in the healthcare, mechanical, chemical and electrical sectors, among others. A variety of 3D printing processes are being adapted or specifically developed for 3D printing of technical ceramics, with the purpose of manufacturing components with good strength and functionality, as well as allowing for unique shapes and microstructures. These processes are also
expected to be low-cost and high-throughput, and economically sustainable. The principal reason for doing this study is to present a current assessment of 3D printing of technical ceramics (3DP-TC) from both technological and market points of view, and to outline future trends and key developments.

There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of the 3DP-TC market from a global standpoint. As the use of technical ceramics expands and new fields of application emerge, information on the suppliers and developers of equipment, materials and services for 3DP-TC and their regional
distribution becomes more valuable. An equally important reason for undertaking this study is to provide technical insights into the manufacturing of 3D printed technical ceramics by:

• Providing a review of materials, production methods and applications.
• Identifying current technological trends.
• Providing an overview of the main global R&D activities related to 3DP-TC, resulting in the issuance of patents.
• Illustrating the latest technological developments.

This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements and new product development, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.

Intended Audience
This study will be of primary interest to all organizations that:
• Manufacture, sell and distribute 3D printed technical ceramics.
• Supply raw materials for 3DP-TC.
• Manufacture process equipment utilized by producers of 3D printed technical ceramics.
• Fabricate products based on 3D printed technical ceramics (such as engine parts, armors, filtration media, catalysts and catalyst supports, and medical implants).
• Manufacture processing and characterization equipment for technical ceramics.
• Sell computer-aided design (CAD) software to the 3D printing industry.
• Provide technical and/or marketing services in conjunction with the above mentioned products.
• Are planning to enter the 3D printing industry as a supplier, manufacturer, service provider or end user.

Overall, this study applies to industry sectors such as life science, mechanical, chemical, electrical, electronics, optics, optoelectronics and energy.
The study is mainly directed toward executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers, and strategic planners working within the above industries. Universities and research facilities may also find this study to be a good source of technical information regarding materials, processes and applications for 3DP-TC, which can be used as a baseline for new or expanded R&D activities. Librarians of technical information and research centers can also use this report to provide critical data to product managers, market analysts, researchers and other professionals needing detailed and updated insights into the 3DP-TC industry.

Scope of Report
This report provides an updated review of 3D printed technical ceramics and their fabrication processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for these technologies. BCC Research delineates the current market status for 3DP-TC, defines trends and presents growth forecasts for the next five years. The 3DP-TC market is analyzed based on the following segments: product type, material, technology, application and region. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are discussed. More specifically, the market analysis conducted by BCC Research for this report is divided into five sections. In the first section, an introduction to the topic and a historical review of ceramic 3D printing are provided, including an outline of recent events. In this section, current and emerging applications for 3D printed technical ceramics are also identified and grouped in segments (electrical and electronics, optical and optoelectronics, mechanical/chemical, energy and life science).

The second section provides a technological review of 3D printed technical ceramics. This section offers a revised and detailed description of various ceramic 3D printing processes; advantages and disadvantages of each method; typical materials for 3DP-TC; and new and emerging fabrication processes. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2014, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for, as well as highlighting the most active research organizations operating in this field. The third section entails a global market analysis for 3DP-TC. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (product type, material, technology, application and region), with actual data referring to the years 2015 and 2016, and estimates for 2017. The analysis of current revenues for 3DP-TC is followed by a detailed presentation of market growth trends, based on industry growth, technological trends and regional trends. The third section concludes by providing projected revenues for 3DP-TC within each segment, together with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the period of 2017 through 2022.

In the fourth section of the study, which covers global industry structure, the report offers a list of the leading suppliers of equipment, materials and services for 3DP-TC, together with a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these firms and an evaluation of other key industry players. Profiles of the top players are also provided. The fifth and final section includes an analysis of recently issued U.S. patents, with a summary of patents related to fabrication methods for 3DP-TC, equipment and applications. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application and process type.

Methodology and Information Sources
To analyze the overall market and market segments, primary and secondary research methodologies were used to obtain market data. The technology section of this report is based on information derived from technical literature, related BCC Research reports, professional journals, the author’s field experience and online sources. Global market analysis was performed by a thorough investigation of providers of equipment, materials and services for 3DP-TC, users of 3D printed technical ceramics and developers of new technologies, accounting for at least 90% of the global market. Data were obtained from the direct contribution of primary sources, including company executives, managers, engineers and other technical personnel representing manufacturers, developers and users of 3D printed technical ceramics and related technologies; representatives of academia and trade associations; and industry market analysts.

Additional data for each company were obtained by thoroughly analyzing Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, websites, annual reports, industry directories, industry magazines and catalogs, government sources and other public sources.

Secondary sources of information include, but are not limited to:
• U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Filings.
• U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
• European Patent Office.
• Company websites.
• Company annual reports.
• Thomas Register.
• Moody’s Directory.
• S & P Industry Survey.
• Dun & Bradstreet Business Directory.
• Foreign Chamber of Commerce Directories.
• Foreign Stock Exchange Listings.
• American Ceramic Society Publications.
• American Chemical Society Publications.

In addition to utilizing the above primary and secondary sources, market growth trends and forecasts were compiled by gaining additional insights from relevant financial and market information, relevant BCC Research reports, and the author’s own in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the collected information.

Geographic Breakdown
In this report, the geographic regions considered for market analysis include, and only include:
United States
Rest of the World

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