According to the result of a survey, it is believed that ceramic 3D printing would generate $3.6 billion by the end of the year 2028.
The number of ceramic 3D printers getting sold is increasing with the number of industrial solutions available for this printing method.
More and more manufacturers are looking for the design quality that can be offered by this method.
Ceramic 3D printing can be done by different processes namely Binder jetting, Stereolithography, and Material Extrusion. And in this list, we have tried to cover printers based on all of these technologies.
Industrial Grade Ceramic 3D Printer
Outsourcing ceramic 3D prints can also go good for parts and functional prototypes, but in-house production makes a difference. We have selected four ceramic 3D printers that are industrial grade, expensive, and capable of mass production.
Cera Fab S Series
This series features three models i.e. S25, S65, and S230. Manufactured by an Australian additive manufacturing company named Lithoz, Fab Series printers are based on DLP technology.
Because of the DLP technology, the printers are known to produce high resolution in their prints. However, high resolution is not the only feature that they possess, modular design is also another interesting feature of this printer.
This feature allows producing a combination of up to four production units because of which one can increase the output production by a considerable amount.
A build volume of 192 mm * 120 mm * 320 mm and a layer resolution range of 10 to 200 micrometers can be produced in the prints produced by these printers.
Cera Fab S Series 3D printers are well-known to produce parts and prototypes in the field of aerospace, biomedical, and jewelry. The basic price range of S Series printers is from $50,000 to $100,000.
Manufactured by a Netherlands based company Admatec, this printer is the first offering by this company. The root of Admatec is, Formatec, which is a 3D print service offering company.
Admaflex 300 was made available in the year 2013. The 3D printer is mainly meant to produce large-scale parts that have built a volume of 200 mm * 200 mm * 300 mm.
Admaflex 300 too, like every Cera Fab S Series printers, is based on DLP technology. The specialty of this printer lies in its patented feedstock system and a vision-based monitoring system that allows users to monitor errors in the printing process and rectify it immediately.
And because Admaflex 300 is a modular machine, one cannot just limit his/herself to ceramic 3D printing on the printer, but also open up to metal-based 3D printing.
The layer thickness range that the ceramic 3d printer can produce is 10 to 200 micrometers. The cost of Admaflex 300, is more than $250,000.
X1 160 Pro
This ceramic 3D printer is manufactured by a German company named Ex One. It is to be noted that X1 160 Pro is the company’s largest ceramic 3D printer that operates on binder jetting technology.
Originally manufactured to produce only metal materials, ExOne has not much time before, announced ceramics like alumina and silicon carbide that can be included in the list of materials that can be operated on X1 160 Pro.
Medical and Aerospace are the two main industries that this 3D ceramic printer targets. With a build volume of 800 mm * 500 mm * 400 mm, X1 160 Pro can produce part size that is usually produced by investment casting.
Parts and prototypes of layer thickness range 30 to 200 micrometers can be produced using this machine. X1 160 Pro is also priced at the same level as Adma Flex 300 is priced.
Like Cera Fab S series, C3600 is a ceramic 3D printer based on the stereolithography process. This 3D printer is manufactured by a company based in France named 3D Ceram.
The company is renowned for gifting the world of additive manufacturing with some of the most innovative 3D printers and C3600 is no exception.
The 3D printer hardens liquid ceramic material layer by layer as any 3D printer based on SLA technology does. C3600 is a 3D ceramic printer that is used for mass production.
This 3D printer provides a layer resolution of 30 microns over the entire surface of the product. Like X1 160 Pro and Adma Flex 300, C3600 is also priced more than $250,000.back to menu ↑
Medium Grade Ceramic 3D Printer
Cheaper than industrial-grade printers, yet satisfactory of producing more or less the same result.
These medium grade ceramic 3D printers would give you a touch of domestic as well as industrial printers. We have chosen four 3D ceramic printers that have this kind of quality.
Manufactured by a New-York based company called KWAMBIO, Ceram Two uses binder jetting technology to produce ceramic 3D parts and prototypes.
Though the company is based in New-York, this 3D printer is manufactured in Ukraine. Coming to the interesting features that this ceramic 3D printer offers, one can choose the glaze he/she wishes to see on the part that’s produced.
Ceram Two offers 100 different choices that include different finishes starting from complete matt to complete gloss. The printer boasts of leaving no visible layers on the final part or prototype.
Ceram Two has a build volume of 350 mm * 350 mm * 380 mm and is specially targeted towards jewelry and ceramic 3D parts industry.
This 3D printer is half the price of the printers that are mentioned in the above list or even lesser than some. $45,000 is the price of Ceram Two.
3D Potter Bot Series
This series’ printers are arguable the first dedicated 3D ceramic printers for the pottery industry. All thanks to the large volumes of undiluted ceramic materials that are available in these printer’s output through the sizable capacity ceramic extruder.
These large volumes of ceramic material prove to be a continuous flow and precise printing that is needed in the pottery industry.
The usual feedstock system is not used in these printers and the hysteresis caused by hoses is also something that is gotten rid of. Delta Bots is the name of the company that has manufactured these printers.
The manufacturers have made sure they have designed large vessels. Scara V4 can be taken as a typical example of this Potter Bot series. It is generally seen that they can print up to a meter’s height.
These printers use the material extrusion 3D printing process to print parts and prototypes. The build volume of Scara V1 is 254 mm * 254 mm * 305 mm. Currently, there are 6 printers available in this series that fall in between the price range of $2,850 to $17,850.
Delta WASP 2040 Clay
WASP is the name of the Italian manufacturer who has manufactured this 3D ceramic printer.
Known for their delta printers, WASP 2040 Clay made headlines when first brought in front of the public for making housing shelters in developing countries.
Although currently, Delta WASP 2040 Clay operates on material extrusion 3D printing technology, when they were first brought in place in front of the public, they used the LDM clay extruder system.
There is one more printer in the WASP series namely WASP 40100 Clay. Both the 2040 and 40100 Clay model is specially designed for clay printing technology. WASP 2040 has a build area of 400 mm * 240 mm and a minimum layer height of 0.5mm. The 3D printer is priced at $3,300.
Stone Flower 3.0
Manufactured by a company based in Munich, Germany, Stone Flower 3.0 is one of the newest addition to DIY ceramic 3D printing.
Parts and functional prototypes in the field of arts, architecture, and design can be built using this 3D printer. Apart from ceramics, Stone Flower 3.0 can produce parts made up of plaster, pulp, wax, porcelain and even soldering paste.
The build volume that this 3D printer can produce is up to 480 mm * 480 mm * 500 mm. This 3D printer comes with a 5-inch touch screen, with which it can be operated and can be connected with a wi-fi.
For adapting third party systems, the company has offered a clay extruder add-on system in this 3D ceramic printer. Every kit of this printer includes a ceramic extruder, a print head, and a control unit. The overall cost of this printer with its kit can come down to $3,850.back to menu ↑
Beginner Grade Ceramic 3D printer
These are 3D printers that work differently with different materials. If you can change the tool-head that they carry or vary the pre-setting that is done on them, you can go well with ceramic 3D printing as well.
One thing to note is that they are not specifically made, keeping ceramic 3D printing in mind, but still can produce some of the most amazing ceramic 3D parts. We have three printers on this list.
Z Morph VX
Unlike other 3D printers on this list, this one cannot be operated with any other material except for ceramics. Z Morph VX is known to produce parts and prototypes using FDM technology.
CNC Milling, laser engraving, and other tool head functions can be offered by this 3D printer. Because of its thick paste extruder, some variations of plastic can be produced using this 3D ceramic printer.
The tool head of Z Morph VX costs $249. One can afford this printer if the demand at his place of ceramic parts is low.
In a scenario wherein one is forced to buy kits of Stone Flower or WASP, the printer becomes unaffordable. The build volume of this printer is 530 mm * 555 mm * 480 mm. Z Morph VX is available for $2,799.
Formlabs Form 3
Based on the SLA 3D printing technique, the review of Form 3 is excellent. Because this 3D ceramic printer can be used by small businesses, it becomes a valuable addition to the engineer’s or the designer’s office where it goes.
The latest update in this 3D printer is the new ceramic resin, which has made it popular in the list of 3D ceramic printers.
As the printer was already known to be one that can produce industrial level precision in domestic level costs, this latest update just adds on to the already given title.
Having a build volume of 125 mm * 125 mm * 165 mm, Form 3 is rather small when it comes to producing large parts and functional prototypes.
But as said earlier, when it comes to quality SLA printing, Form 3 takes the market to a stir. This 3D ceramic printer is priced at $2,850.
If measured from “who got a headstart in Kickstarter campaign?” this printer wins the show hands down. Cerambot was able to drive in $300,000 to its manufacturing Chinese company.
The manufacturer has made sure that this ceramic 3D printer has its ceramic extruder kit that can be attached to well-known FDM 3D printers.
These extruders are available in two versions namely: CERAMBOT Air and CERAMBOT Pro. The Air ceramic extruders work with a manual air compressor, while the Pro ceramic extruder works with a control panel.
The design of these extruders is so kept, that it is easy for beginner users to use them. CERAMBOT is priced at $299.back to menu ↑
Ceramics have always been a preferred material in the field of 3D printing. More commonly, ceramic 3D printers are associated with pottery, kitchenware, medical, jewelry, aerospace, etc.
Because of producing complex parts, this technology is one of the top choices when it comes to manufacturers. A lot of money is been invested in this technology and familiar technologies like FDM are also getting associated with it.
If you do not wish to purchase a 3D ceramic printer and just wish to get the service, 3D Ceram, Kwambio and Formatec are the names of the top 3 service providers in the field of 3D ceramic printing.
They work on ceramic printing using different 3D printing technologies and produce some of the finest parts that the industry has ever seen.