Sep 19, 2017 | By Tess

3DCeram, a ceramic 3D printing company based in Limoges, France, has announced that is has grown substantially over the past year. With a turnover of roughly 2 million euros in 2016, the company says it has grown by a whopping 70 per cent since 2015.

Founded in 2001, 3DCeram is a pioneer of 3D printed ceramics and has become an undisputed leader in the field. In recent years, the company has made substantial steps into the international market through various collaborations across Europe and the globe.

Currently, the company has projects or operations in its home country of France, as well as the UK, Ukraine, Russia, South Korea, Japan, and China. With its growing profits, the company says it plans to continue its international expansion, spreading its ceramic 3D printing capabilities on a larger scale.

Using a novel stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing process, 3DCeram creates ceramic parts for clients in a broad range of industries, including the biomedical, aerospace, aeronautics, and luxury jewelry and watch sectors.

3DCeram's CERAMAKER ceramic 3D printing systems

The additive manufacturing process consists of a laser which polymerizes a paste-like material made from a photosensitive resin and ceramic particles. The parts, which are built up layer by layer, undergo a heat treatment once they’ve been printed, which works to burn out the resin and solidifies the ceramic.

The company credits its 70 per cent growth in the past year to a number of factors, including a successful strategy of products and services which meets client demands. More specifically, it says by offering custom and high-quality ceramic 3D printed parts, as well as turn-key support services, it has effectively met the needs of various sectors.

3DCeram serves clients in the aerospace industry to make ceramic parts

"Despite the [economic] crisis, 3Dceram posted a 70 per cent growth in 2016,” said Richard Gaignon and Christophe Chaput, co-executives of 3DCeram. “We have surpassed our objectives, enabling us to continue to accelerate our development in a progressive and sustainable way. We have created a truly differentiated and value-creating company for our customers who find with us a 3D ceramic printing solution that is both reliable and cost-effective with high added value.”

3DCeram's ceramic 3D printing is used in the biomedical industry

In addition to its financial growth, 3DCeram has also expanded its workforce, going from a seven-person project in 2015 to a 17-person operation now. Over the 2017-2018 period, the company says it intends to hire even more employees with a special focus on its R&D and sales teams.

In 2016, the Limoges-based company also signed a number of notable partnerships with companies seeking to adopt its innovative ceramic 3D printing technologies. Among its new partners are aircraft engineering company Safran, Apple, industrial gas company Air Liquide, aerospace company Thales, and many more.

Ceramic 3D printing also has applications in the luxury goods sector

Recently, 3DCeram renewed its partnership with France’s Science of Ceramic Processes and Surface Treatments (SPCTS) research unit. Together, and for the next three years at least, the two parties will continue to develop ceramic 3D printing processes.



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