3D Printing ProcessesCeramics Additive Manufacturing

The complete ceramics 3D printing guide

Learn about every ceramics additive manufacturing process in a single interactive chart

Ceramics 3D printing has been studied for close to two decades (almost as long as AM has existed) and while it has shown great promise from the very beginning only very recently have the first real, practical and commercial applications of ceramics 3D printing began to emerge. In this interactive ceramics 3D printing guide, you will be able to access and learn about every single ceramics AM process from a single interactive map.

Few materials in the world of manufacturing offer as wide a range of applications as ceramics. When it comes to additive manufacturing, the wide range of ceramic applications and material types is further expanded by the even wider range of different ceramics additive manufacturing processes that have been—and are continuously—researched, validated and implemented in ceramic manufacturing.

With all digital additive manufacturing processes for ceramic production, indeed as with all traditional ceramics production, the printed parts must undergo considerable post-processing before reaching their desired mechanical and chemical properties and final-part density. In essence, photopolymerization processes first require debinding in order to remove the polymer, and then all technologies require the parts to be sintered — unless, of course, you’re printing sand molds and cores for metal casting.

Whilst these additional steps make 3D printing in ceramics — from digital file to final part — a somewhat slower process than other AM technologies for other materials, these steps are also required when using traditional manufacturing techniques. And considering the advantages that AM brings compared to traditional techniques — such as design freedom, complex geometries, full customization (particularly in biomedical applications), low-to-zero material waste, and lower costs on low-volume production — then, on balance, ceramics is already establishing itself as a relevant important and profitable section of the AM industry.

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Interactive ceramics additive manufacturing technologies infographic:

The infographic below shows the 5 main technology families and each proprietary technology. If you click below, you’ll be able to learn more about each technology: what it is, how it works, available machines, compatible materials, the general advantages and disadvantages, as well as some further reading.

Photopolymerization Technologies

Fast Ceramics Production (FCP) by 3DCeram
MOVINGLight by Prodways
Lithography-based Ceramics Manufacturing (LCM) by Lithoz
Large Area Maskless Photopolymerization (LAMP) by DDM Systems

Binder Jetting Technologies

3DP by ExOne
Phenol Direct Binding (PDB) by voxeljet
CerPrint by WZR
ColorJet Printing (CJP) by 3D Systems

Pneumatic Extrusion Technologies

Liquid Deposition Modeling (LDM) by WASP
Fused Feedstock Depositioning (FFD) by 3D-figo
3D Bioplotter by EnvisionTEC
Micro Dispensing by nScrypt

Powder Bed Fusion Technologies

Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) by HP
Direct Laser Microfusion (DLM) by OsseoMatrix

Material Jetting Technologies

NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) by XJet

Davide Sher

Since 2002, I have built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, I spent 12 years in the United States, where I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree. As a journalist covering the tech industry - especially the videogame industry - for over 10 years, I began covering the AM industry specifically in 2013, as blogger. In 2016 I co-founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial, and market analysis & consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, and leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. I am also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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