The global 3D printing ceramics market size was USD 116 million in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 384 million by 2025, projecting a CAGR of 27.0% between 2020 and 2025. 3D printing ceramics are increasingly used in the aerospace & defense, healthcare, automotive, consumer goods & electronics, construction, and other end-use industries. The increasing demand of healthcare industry drives the demand for 3d printing ceramics. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 has created ripples across various application industries leading to reduced demand for 3D printing ceramics. Due to the lockdown scenario in Europe and North America, the demand for 3D printing ceramics from automotive, construction, electronics and other industries have declined sharply in the first half of 2020.
In healthcare industry the need of materials that are non-reactive is very critical. Ceramics prove to be bio compatible and show no side effects with prolong contact with tissues. Several medical products such as surgical equipment, prosthetics & implants, dentures, and tissue engineering products are manufactured by using 3D printing technology. Ceramics are majorly used for the development of dental implants, orthopedic implants, diagnostic instruments, and implantable electronic devices. Major types of ceramics preferred for the manufacturing of these medical devices include bio-inert ceramics, bioactive ceramics, bio-restorable ceramics, and piezo ceramics. Currently companies like 3D Ceram(France), ExOne(USA), Tethon 3D(USA), Admatec Europe(Netherlands), and Steinbach AG(Germany) are investing in developing 3D printable ceramics for medical applications.
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3D Ceram(France) is a leading player that provides widest range of 3D printing ceramics for medical applications. Its range of ceramics include, alumina, zirconia and alumina toughened zirconia (ATZ) for dental applications, while ceramics like hydroxyapatite and tricalcium phosphate for applications in bone implants and grafts. 3D Ceram made a partnership with Gregory Nolens to help biomedical players in integrating 3D printing ceramics in their supply chain.
Admatec Europe(Netherlands) is another big name in 3D printing ceramics for medical applications. It offers ceramics like alumina and hydroxyapatite. It is making collaborative efforts with various medical research institutes such as Biofabrication Research Laboratory at Sichuan University and Zurich University of Applied Science to develop and increase the application range of 3D printing ceramics in healthcare industry.
In healthcare, dental is one of the major users of 3D printing ceramics. Alumina and zirconia are the commonly used ceramics for these applications due to their appearance and lower cost. Ceramics in dental are used for fillings, crowns, veneers, implants and dental brackets.
In medical industry ceramics have applications in bone implants and grafts as well. Due to the bioresorbable nature of ceramics like tricalcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite, 3D printed ceramics are gaining popularity for bone implants and grafts. These ceramics get dissolved in the body promoting the growth of natural bone. 3D printing ceramics also help design the complex shapes structures that are patient specific and hence offer least fitting problems.
Some of the key drivers influencing the growth of the 3D printing ceramics market in the healthcare sector include increasing demand for product modification and development and financial support provided by governments to encourage research & development activities in the field of 3D printing ceramics.
3D Printing Ceramics Market by Material type (Oxide based, non-oxide based), Form,End-use Industry (Aerospace & defense, healthcare, automotive, consumer goods and electronics, construction), Application and Region - Global Forecast to 2025
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