Additive Manufacturing (AM) has taken the industry by storm, enabling manufacturers to bring product to market faster—for less. Now, Metal AM and numerous applications of the process are moving to the forefront of manufacturing for production.
Buoyed by the release of new Metal AM machines with open material platforms and faster printing speeds, sales of Metal AM systems skyrocketed in 2017, increasing nearly 80% over the previous year. Not only are manufacturers purchasing Metal AM machines, they’re purchasing more of them; after achieving great results with just one machine, they’re buying additional machines to improve capacity and move other designs into the Metal AM process.
Lower-priced machines have also led to adoption among small and medium-sized manufacturers. Metal AM allows them to effectively compete with industry giants; David now packs a Goliath-sized punch!
Today, there are three powerful metal additive processes being employed by manufacturers across the globe.
- Laser-Based Powder Bed Additive
The process of melting and fusing powder together using a laser electron beam.
- Direct metal laser sintering
- Selective laser melting
- Electron beam melting
- Metal Jetting Technology
The process of building a part layer-by-layer by solidifying photosensitive material
- Directed Energy Deposition
- 3D Printing With Metal Injection Molding Powders
- Furnace-Infused Alloy
The process of joining powder particles via a liquid binding agent.
Like any new technology, there’s always a bit of a learning curve. In our guide Types of Metal Additive Manufacturing Processes, we delve into the inner-workings of all three processes, the materials used, and the pros and cons of each.
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