Additive Manufacturing versus CIM, a Business Case
The need for small parts shaped in zirconia or alumina oxide isn’t new. Before, many shaping methods such as pressing in combination with machining or Ceramic Injection Moulding were able to serve this market need clearly. However, in the current rapidly evolving market, the requested small parts demand increasingly more complex geometries, shorter lead times and more design freedom. Geometries that challenge todays standard shaping methods create new opportunities for the equally fast emerging Additive Manufacturing technologies. What can this bring for the world of ceramics?