Transparency Market Research has announced the addition of the “Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Growth, and Forecast 2017 - 2025" report to their offering.
Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/14/2017 -- Diamond-like carbon (DLC) is an amorphous type of carbon, which exhibits several diamond-like properties such as hardness, strength, inertness, electrical insulation, transparency, smoothness, and abrasion resistance. Comprehensive use of diamonds is uneconomical; thus diamond-like carbon coatings are usually applied to other substrates in order to balance costs and induced properties. Furthermore, any substrate ranging from metals, glass, ceramics, and plastics to silicon can be coated with DLC coatings due to the latter's chemical inertness. DLC is also biocompatible; it does not pose harm to animal tissue and cells and is nontoxic. Thus, biomedical is one of the key applications of DLC. Several processes are employed to produce these coatings; chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition are amongst the key techniques used.
DLC is a versatile material and is employed in demanding and niche industries. Biomedical implants is one of the promising applications of DLC. Chemical inertness and biological compatibility make DLC coated implants the primary choice of surgeons and doctors. DLC coated implants promote cell and tissue growth on implanted parts, thereby reducing implant rejections. Hardness and strength of these coatings make these implants long lasting and wear resistant, especially if these implants are related to hip, shoulder, and knee joints, which tend to wear out quickly. Tribological and mechanical machining are also significant applications of DLC. Machining tools such as milling cutters, drill bits, cutting blades, punches, dies, and notches are coated with DLC to reduce wear and induce abrasion resistance. Other tribological applications include coatings for rotating shafts, cams, valves, bearings, pistons, gears, sliders, tappets, and sliding pins & keys. Furthermore, DLC is used in optics. It is a transparent material; thus, in the coating form, it is usually applied on mirrors for ultra-sensitive instruments. DLC is also used on glass to make it scratch resistant.
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Based on type, the DLC market can be segmented into pure DLC (sp3 carbon) and mixed (combinations of sp2 carbon, sp3 carbon, and other elements) DLC. The pure form of DLC is expensive to manufacture as compared the mixed form due to patents and licensing fees. Thus, mixed form of DLC is widely used in several applications. In terms of application, the DLC market can be divided into biomedical, optical, tribological, thermal & packaging, and others. The former three applications are key for the DLC market. Based on end-user industry, the DLC market can be segregated into medical, aerospace, automotive, electronics, and others. Medical is an emerging end-user of DLC followed by electronics, aerospace, and automotive.
In terms of geography, the global DLC market can be split into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America and Europe are anticipated to be the key regions of the DLC market. These regions possess well-established medical and healthcare infrastructure. Countries such as the U.S., Germany, Canada, France, Sweden, and Finland invest significantly in medical research and development. This creates substantial opportunities and demand for materials such as DLC in orthopedics. Asia Pacific and Latin America are also high potential markets for DLC, due the latter's beneficial properties and rising usage in mechanical machining, electronics, and optics.
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Key players operating in the global DLC market include Acree Technologies Incorporated, Morgan Advanced Materials, Wallwork Heat Treatment Ltd., and HEF USA.