Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing (ACM) was formed by the founders of Advanced Ceramics Research (ACR) Inc. in 2000. In 2001, the San Xavier Development Authority (SXDA), a Native American organization chartered by members of the Tohono O’odham Nation of southern Arizona invested in the company. SXDA owns a 51% majority of ACM. This historic joint venture places the Tohono O’odham Tribe in a unique position to develop and manufacture high-tech products used in commercial, aerospace, and military applications and provide high tech, STEM related jobs for the Tribal members.

ACM conducts basic and applied research that is focused on ceramic technology and polymer based composites. Its goal is to transition new technology from the laboratory into commercial products or processes that improve the capability, efficiency, and affordability of aerospace, defense, and industrial systems. By leveraging its materials background, ACM has developed extensive experience in advanced ceramic processing and formulation of water soluble binder-particulate composites for use in fiber reinforced composite processing. ACM is the leader in water soluble tooling technology and holds multiple patents in this technology space.

Our team also works very closely with you to help develop business, prototyping and manufacturing solutions using water soluble products to rapidly develop new concepts or processes. If you are unsure how this can impact your business workflow, please let us know and we can help with a completely customized approach to fit your needs.

Serving Many Industries, Including:

Specializing In

Precision Mandrel Manufacturing

Water soluble mandrels that enable:

  • Hollow Composites
  • Trapped Configurations
  • Seamless Structures
  • Faster Processing
  • Lower Costs
  • Greener Manufacturing
  • Easy washout

DIY Mandrel Materials

Do It Yourself water soluble mandrel materials that include:

  • Castable/Pourable
  • Packable & Machinable
  • Repair materials
  • Bonding agents
  • Compatible with autoclave processes

Technical Ceramics

High Strength – High Temperature Materials

  • Custom/standard shapes
  • Nitrides
  • Carbides
  • Diborides
  • Oxides


Addressing the needs of government, defense, and industry

  • Composite Tooling
  • Composite Manufacturing
  • Technical Ceramics
  • Ceramic Processing
  • Mechanical Characterization


Commitment to Quality

We base our continued success on our focus on providing exceptional service, developing high quality products and technological innovation.  Our commitment to excellence has earned our reputation by both our investors and customers.  These attributes guarantee the highest quality and greatest value.