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Lithoz, 3DCeram and Desktop Metal lead Top 10 technical ceramic AM companies

The list from VoxelMatters newly released report and dataset includes hardware, materials and service companies

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To celebrate the official and full availability of VoxelMatters Research’s new report on the Technical Ceramic Additive Manufacturing Market (2022-2032), along with the first datasets available as standalone products, we are publicly releasing the list of the top 10 companies by 2022 revenue in technical ceramic additive manufacturing. The list is dominated by the “big three” of technical ceramics: Lithoz, 3DCeram and Desktop Metal (intended as ExOne). But let’s look at the companies in more detail and what their presence means for the market overall.

First, a few more details about VoxelMatters Research’s Technical Ceramic AM Report to better contextualize and understand the information provided and how it should be interpreted. As described in the recent press release, the technical ceramic AM segment is projected to grow from $113 million in 2022 to $2 billion in revenues by 2032, at 33.5% CAGR. While they still represent a niche market, technical ceramics continue to show strong signs of growth, fast technological development and a high potential for industrial adoption. The only element not included in this report is relative to the number and relative value of parts produced internally by technical ceramic AM end-users.

Click here to access the datasets on VoxelMatters Research.

VoxelMatters’ technical ceramic AM market datasets

This new study is based on VoxelMatters’ updated database of core AM companies and products. This database includes over 1,500 companies (and thousands of unique products) across metals, polymers, composites and ceramics AM hardware manufacturers, AM materials suppliers and AM service providers. To better reflect the full extension of the VoxelMatters database, and better meet unique requirements for market data, the hardware, materials and parts produced data included in the report are also made available as stand-alone products for each specific segment.

In total, by leveraging VoxelMatters Directory—the largest global directory of verified AM companies, currently comprising over 6,800 companies—the research team identified 108 companies that have invested interests in technical ceramic AM, representing nearly the entirety of the market and its key segments: 24 hardware manufacturers, 40 material suppliers, and 44 service providers. The dataset for this study comprises over 15,000 data points, providing one of the most accurate snapshots of the global market.

The Top 10 technical ceramic AM companies

Given the overall market context, let’s take a more in-depth look at the current market leaders. While VoxelMatters has collected or estimated data on each company’s revenue, some of this data is considered confidential and protected by NDA agreements. Thus all revenue data in the report and in the datasets is presented only as aggregate by hardware technology, material type/form and type of parts.

Click here to access the report on VoxelMatters Research.

According to the data collected by VoxelMatters for this report, the Top 10 technical ceramic AM companies see Lithoz as the overall market leader through a powerful combination of high-end industrial DLP machines and a wide selection of available materials. The company also provides some services (intended as part or material development for key customers). Next in line is French company 3DCeram which also offers a powerful selection of advanced SLA machines and materials. These companies represent the key go-to solutions for most alumina, zirconia, silica and HA/TCP AM requirements. The third company in the list is Desktop Metal which is present through its acquisition of ExOne. This is the largest provider of binder jetting hardware, materials and services for technical ceramics, catering primarily to AM requirements for materials that are difficult to process by photopolymerization, such as silicon carbide and boron carbide.

The fourth and fifth companies in the Top 10 list are also DLP and SLA hardware manufacturers offering materials and services. Admatec (now owned by Nano Dimension) is a leading provider of technical ceramic AM hardware and materials, and also a service provider through its Formatec division. iLaser is a rapidly growing Chinese provider of SLA hardware for technical ceramics (also providing materials and part production services). The company is currently active almost exclusively on the domestic Chinese market.

XJet, sixth in the top 10 list is the only company offering material jetting technology for technical ceramics (alumina). Its high-end systems are able to carry out high throughput part production and the company already has a significant installed base around the world. XJet also runs a large facility offering part and process development services to its hardware customers. The remaining placements in the top 10 list are occupied by companies with smaller revenue capabilities so they are susceptible to high fluctuations. 10dim Tech is a DLP hardware company, also active on the domestic Chinese market while nScrypt is a manufacturer of high precision extrusion systems which can be used for ceramic materials (the only material extrusion company in this list). AON is another manufacturer of DLP systems for technical ceramics targeitng primarily Asian markets from its base in South Korea. Finally Cerhum is a service provider with extensive experinece in high-value medical 3D printed technical ceramic parts such as a devices and implants.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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