The World of High Tech Ceramics

Areas of application and markets for technical ceramics

As diverse as the advantages of advanced ceramic materials are, so are the applications of technical ceramics in Medical  Technology | Automotive, Mobility & E-Mobility | Electrical Engineering & Electronic Applications | Environmental Technology & Power Engineering | Mechanical & Plant Engineering


CeramTec ceramic materials

Advanced ceramic materials make applications possible today that were virtually inconceivable just yesterday. Due to their unique material properties, technical ceramics are considered to be one of the most efficient materials of our time.

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Medical Technology

Ceramic solutions by CeramTec are widely used as surgical implants in orthopedics, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Advanced ceramics are also indispensable in medical devices and equipment.

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Automotive, Mobility & E-Mobility​​​​​​​

Technical ceramics make decisive contributions to mobility. In the field of e-mobility, components made of advanced ceramics have the potential to make a significant contribution to future-oriented, resource-saving and environmentally friendly mobility. 

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Electrical Engineering & Electronic Applications

Technical ceramics are widely used in electronics and electrical engineering as well as in information and communication technology.  Technical ceramics are used in a variety of applications such as circuit carriers, core materials, protective components, actuators and sensors. 

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Environmental Technology & Power Engineering

In many areas of energy supply and environmental technology, technical ceramics enable the safe and low-wear control of processes, the reduction of emissions and the efficient use of resources.

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Mechanical & Plant Engineering

Components made of ceramic materials perform their service in many technical systems and devices. Technical ceramics enable the safe functioning of plants, machines and equipment, the control of processes, the reduction of emissions and a responsible use of our resources.

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Brochure: Advanced Ceramics In Our World

Whether at home, in the office, industrial manufacturing, in hospitals or on the road: We are surrounded by products made from engineered ceramic materials that deliver peak performance – and we usually don’t even realize it.

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Overview several Ceramic Materials
Technical Ceramics from the Ceramic Experts
CeramTec Ceramic Materials

Advanced ceramic materials make applications possible today that were virtually inconceivable just yesterday. Due to their unique material properties, technical ceramics are considered to be one of the most efficient materials of our time.

Advanced ceramics provide the basis for CeramTec products. This material is also referred to as technical ceramics, engineering ceramics or industrial ceramics. These terms cover many different and in part highly-specialized ceramic materials with unique mechanical, electrical, thermal and biochemical properties and property combinations.

These specific characteristics can be further developed, optimized and matched for use in technical applications. It is also possible to combine different properties. Materials like these can be used to design advanced components that perform the required tasks with optimum precision and can be light years ahead of competing materials such as metal or plastic in the respective field of application. Components made from ceramic materials are increasingly the only solution available for technical challenges that cannot be overcome with conventional materials.

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Technical Ceramics Manual

The chapters of this manual include an overview of materials, manufacturing processes, ceramic-oriented component design and examples for applications.

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Technical Ceramics – Materials Groups

Technical ceramics from CeramTec can be divided into four major groups of ceramic materials: Silicate ceramics, oxide ceramics, non-oxide ceramics and piezo-ceramics. Silicate ceramics are the oldest type of ceramic materials for technical applications and are made primarily from natural raw materials in conjunction with alumina (aluminum oxide, aluminum silicate). The oxide ceramics group contains materials that consist primarily of metal oxides such as aluminum oxidezirconium oxidealuminum titanate or dispersion ceramicsNon-oxide ceramics represent a materials group comprised of ceramic materials based on carbon, nitrogen and silicon compounds such as silicon carbidesilicon nitride and aluminum nitridePiezo-ceramics (also known as functional ceramics) represent a group of materials used to convert mechanical parameters into electrical parameters or, conversely, to convert electrical signals into mechanical movement or vibration.

Oxide Ceramics
Non-oxide Ceramics
Ceramic Composite
Ceramic materials must satisfy extremely high demands in terms of their properties

Technical Ceramics – Material Properties

  • Flexural strength
  • Biocompatibility
  • Chemical resistance
  • Density and stiffness (Young’s modulus)
  • Compressive strength
  • Electrical insulation
  • Dielectric strength
  • Hardness
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Food compatibility
  • Piezo-electricity and dynamics
  • Temperature resistance
  • Thermal shock and fluctuation resistance
  • Metalization (joining technology)
  • Wear resistance
  • Thermal expansion
  • Thermal insulation
  • Thermal conductivity

These diverse properties make it possible to use technical ceramics in a variety of applications in the automotive industryelectronicsmedical technologyenergy and environment and in general equipment and mechanical engineering. CeramTec’s current product portfolio comprises well over 10,000 different products, components and parts, and a broad spectrum of advanced ceramic materials along with CeramTec’s own proprietary developments based on this fascinating material.

Product & Material Highlights

Different high tech ceramic products
Biocompatible, Wear Resistant and Durable
BIOLOX® – Ceramic Orthopedic Solutions

Specialized knowledge in development and production together with uncompromising quality make BIOLOX® advanced ceramic implants the successful, clinically-proven standard worldwide.

*Please check for regulatory approval in your country: www.biolox.com

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Densilox Dentalimplantates
Biocompatible, Metal-free and Aesthetic
DENSILOX® – Ceramic Dental Solutions

More than 30 years of experience in dental applications make CeramTec a trusted partner for the development of dental solutions.

*Please check for regulatory approval in your country: www.densilox.com

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3D Ceramics materials
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ROCAR®3D - Ceramics in new dimensions

Maximum flexibility, time and cost savings and highest product quality: 3D printing technology impresses with numerous, often decisive advantages. At CeramTec, more than 100 years of expertise in the field of advanced ceramics meet the spirit of innovation. We provide you with competent support in product development, from the initial idea to the finished product.

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Innovative Cooling Solution for E-Mobility
Power Module for Drive Inverters

Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology "IISB" in Erlangen, Germany, we have developed innovative cooling solutions for power electronics in e-mobility drive trains.

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CeramTec Substrates
Innovative Thermal Management with Ceramic Heat-Sinks
CeramCool® Heat-Sinks

New possibilities with highly thermally conductive CeramCool® ceramic heat-sinks made from alumina and aluminum nitride for thermal management of high-power electronics, photovoltaic, LED and other applications.

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CeramTec Machining Expertise
SPK® Cutting Materials and Tool Systems for Machining Applications

For over 60 years the CeramTec’s SPK® brand has stood for powerful, efficient design in machining processes with ceramic cutting tools, PcBN grades and cermets. Thanks to its matching tooling systems and comprehensive application expertise, the CeramTec SPK® Solution Team is able to create practically oriented solutions in the fields of automotive engineering and aerospace, the transmission and bearing industry, in mechanical engineering and in wind power.

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Vacuum-tight, Hermetically Sealed Ceramic-to-Metal, Glass-to-Ceramic and Glass-to-Metal Components
Electrical and Optical Ceramaseal® Components

Electrical and optical Ceramaseal® components with ceramic parts such as electrical feedthroughs, NPT feedthroughs, coaxial connectors, isolators, multi-pin connectors, viewports, thermocouples, terminals, and accessories are just some of the specialties of the CeramTec experts in North America.

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Bearing Rollers made from Silicon Nitride Ceramics
Cyrol® – Ceramic Roller Bearings

Cyrol silicon nitride bearing rollers from CeramTec meet the technical requirements for roller bearings according to the ASTM F2730/F2730M Class I Standard for martketable prices: For needles, cylindrical rollers, barrel rollers, tapered rollers and spherical rollers.

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Technical Ceramics – Experience it live

You will find technical ceramics at a number of international trade fairs and events. Moreover, a visit to the “Technical Ceramics” exhibition at the Deutsches Museum in Munich or Porzellanikon, the European Museum for Technical Ceramics in Selb, is always worthwhile. CeramTec helped develop a variety of exhibits featuring ceramic materials for both museums. We also recommend reading the article about advanced ceramics on Wikipedia and visiting the web pages of the Ceramics Industry Association, were you will find specific information on this topic.

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