The global 3D printing ceramics market is witnessing significant growth due to increasing demand from medical industry and several benefits associated with the usage of ceramics. Ceramic material is a non-metallic, crystalline and inorganic material. 3D printing has revolutionized the manufacturing process in several industries. The technology has created immense opportunities for product designing and helped in consolidating product assembly. Glass, fused silica and quartz are the major types of ceramic materials being used for 3D printing, whereas powder, filaments and liquid are the major forms of 3D printing ceramics.
The 3D printing ceramics is gaining traction in the medical industry, especially for dental applications. Ceramic is being preferred for 3D printing orthopedic and dental implants, and heart valves, due to its characteristics such as inertness, capability to mold into a variety of shapes and high compressive strength. Increasing adoption of 3D printing technology by different industries in emerging economies is expected to support the growth of the global 3D printing ceramics market. Among the different forms of 3D printing ceramics, powder form was most utilized in the global market, in 2015. Ceramic materials are impervious to mechanical stresses and have higher capability to withstand extreme temperatures. These properties make them suitable for application in aerospace and defense industries.
The technological advancements in 3D printing technology, and increasing research and development activities for 3D printing ceramics are expected to create ample growth opportunities for the manufacturers of 3D printing ceramics, during the forecast period (2016-2022). However, rapidly evolving market for 3D printing materials, and high cost of 3D printing ceramics are the key factors hampering the growth of the global 3D printing ceramics market. Aerospace and defense were the major end-user segments of the global 3D printing ceramics market, in 2015.
The global 3D printing ceramics market in healthcare industry is expected to witness the highest growth, during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the various characteristics of ceramics as biomaterial, such as inertness, porous, bioactivity, bioresorbability, resistance to high wear, high compression strength, and stiffness.
Geographically, North America was the fastest growing market for 3D printing ceramics, due to the technological advancements, and increased funding for research and development of 3D printing ceramics. The U.S. contributed the largest revenue to the North American and global 3D printing ceramics market, in 2015. The country is expected to remain the largest market for 3D printing ceramics because most of the key players in the 3D printing ceramics market are based in the U.S. The 3D printing ceramics market in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. The growth in the region can be attributed to the increasing research and development for 3D printing ceramics in major end-use industries and increasing demand from emerging economies, such as China and India.
The key players operating in the global 3D printing ceramics market are 3D Systems Corporation, EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, Renishaw Plc, Stratasys Ltd., Royal DSM N.V., Arcam AB, Organavo Holdings, and Voxeljet AG.