Lithoz GmbH, the global market and technology leader in ceramic 3D printing, announced the acquisition of CerAMing, the patent holder of the Layer-wise Slurry Deposition (LSD)-Print ceramic 3D printing technology, based in Germany. Lithoz now owns the patents for three of the most popular and strategically important ceramic 3D printing technologies.
CerAMing is a successful spin-off of the BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung/German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing) programme. Lithoz now has a “all from one source portfolio” of complementary, market-relevant processes in 3D printing for advanced ceramics, with LSD-Print technology joining the already market-dominating LCM process and the new LIS technology, which was released in 2022. Lithoz’s global market leadership as a system provider is further secured and extended as a result of this strategic expansion.
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Until now, Lithoz’s processes have focused on ultra-precise resolutions and highly complex internal structures in the case of LCM, and on particularly high wall thicknesses and the largest possible volumes with complete density in the case of LIS. Lithoz now covers a very broad range of applications in ceramic additive manufacturing, with LSD-Print technology covering the area between the LCM and LIS processes, thanks to the acquisition of the startup CerAMing and the associated expansion of the technology portfolio to include layer-by-layer slurry disposition.
Extremely high densities and outstanding material properties of the printed objects are shared by all three processes, corresponding to Lithoz’s unwavering promise of absolute quality. Even the most diverse customer requirements can now be met from a single source, depending on the specific strength of the respective technology.
“With the acquisition of CerAMing, Lithoz is expanding its technology portfolio through strategic acquisition for the first time. We see this technology as another key pillar in the realization of our vision to enable geographically independent, yet fully digitally connected global serial production in the ceramics industry.– Dr. Johannes Homa, Founder and CEO, Lithoz
Dr. Homa added, “We have already been able to realize this with our market-leading LCM technology, and along with LIS technology we will soon also be able to further our goals with LSD printing as complementary technologies with the same high quality and without compromising on results.“
“When we started our journey as entrepreneurs in 2019, we were particularly inspired by the success story of Lithoz. It fills us with pride that CerAMing will now become a part of this success and that the fruits of our labor will contribute to its progress.“– Sebastian Walzel, co-founder of CerAMing
BAM President Prof. Dr Ulrich Panne said, “Spin-offs like CerAMing make an important contribution to technology transfer, which is one of the central tasks of our research. There are many excellent scientists with innovative ideas at BAM. Our BAMStartup-Slingshot initiative supports them with scientific know-how and our excellent laboratory equipment on their way to entrepreneurship.”
About CerAMing: Founded in 2019 in Berlin, CerAMing is another successful example of a spin-off funded by the Startup Slingshot program of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung – BAM). BAM is considered one of the world’s leading 3D printing research and development institutions thanks to its “Additive Manufacturing Competence Center“.
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