Metal Additive Manufacturing

For many, metal additive manufacturing is not just the fastest growing area of industrial 3D printing – it is industrial 3D printing. The segment is booming, it has been booming for nearly a decade and is likely to continue to grow very rapidly for foreseeable future.

Any recently recorded slow-down in adoption only concerns specific technologies. For example, laser PBF experienced a phase of extreme growth and then a relatively slower period as other processes such as laser (and other types of) DED enjoyed more widespread adoption.

Now the metal AM market seems ready (in fact it has seemed ready for a couple of years now) to enter its next major phase of growth, driven by process optimization, automation, and industrialization of PBF and DED.

New companies, such as Velo3D and Aurora Labs, are entering the PBF segment proposing new and more efficient or affordable solutions. While the DED segment has been skyrocketing with several major industrial machine tool manufacturers now actively targeting AM as the next key area of growth.

This relatively consolidated (but still very CapEx intensive) approach is soon to be combined with (still a few years away) massive adoption of planar metal binder jetting technologies. This segment, led by pioneers ExOne, is now being populated by aggressive competitors such as Desktop Metal (the first company to target metal additive manufacturing for mass production), and large firms leading the AM industry’s expansion such as HP and General Electric.

At the same time, a large number of new technological approaches are populating this market. These include affordable bound metal printing, leveraging filament extrusion processes, and high-res metal printing, leveraging stereolithography-based bound metal AM. Other processes, which leverage different types of cold metal consolidation (ultrasonic, kinetic) are targeting very high-speed production of extremely large parts.

The combination of all these technologies is creating a sort of a perfect storm in metal AM, which is portrayed in this preliminary Map of Metal Additive Manufacturing Technologies (the map was extracted as part of 3dpbm’s complete Map of Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Companies).

Latest metal additive manufacturing news:

  • Kennametal added to GE Additive's Beta Partner Program. Advancing Binder Jet printing capabilities in cemented tungsten carbide.

    Kennametal added to GE Additive’s Beta Partner Program

    GE Additive has added industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc., as is the latest member of its Beta Partner Program. As part of the GE Additive Program, Kennametal will further advance its Binder Jet printing capabilities in cemented tungsten carbide as it continues to scale its end-to-end metal additive manufacturing solutions,…

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    Harry Danford appointed as XJet VP of Sales North America

    XJet Ltd. has appointed seasoned AM executive, Harry Danford, as VP of Sales North America, a new role within the business. The appointment is part of a wider strategy to establish a presence and nominate leaders in major regions, with Andy Middleton assigned in Europe and Lior Meron in Asia…

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  • AddUp Solutions and Uniformity Labs to collaborate. On Ti64 Grade 23 titanium alloy production using the FormUp350 L-PBF printer platform.

    AddUp Solutions and Uniformity Labs to collaborate

    Global metal additive manufacturing OEM, AddUp Solutions, and engineered materials company, Uniformity Labs are working together to maximize the productivity of Uniformity’s Ti64 Grade 23 titanium alloy using the AddUp FormUp350 laser powder bed fusion printer. This partnership aims to target regulated healthcare and aerospace production using metal additive manufacturing…

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  • Bertram Dental Lab acquires fifth SLM280 Production Series printer. Printing Removable Partial Dentures through its LazerTEK Print Service.

    Bertram Dental Lab acquires fifth SLM280 Production Series printer

    Bertram Dental Lab (BDL), is an early pioneer in utilizing metal AM to produce Cobalt Chrome Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs) at scale. Since 2016, Bertram Dental Lab has had a long-standing partnership with SLM Solutions, after acquiring its first SLM280 Production Series. Since then, to enable the launch of its…

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  • Optomec receives $1.5M Air Force contract. For the additive repair of F35 large titanium blisks and the potential to reduce costs by 80%.

    Optomec receives $1.5M Air Force contract

    In addition to the previous $500,000 process development contract for the additive repair of jet engine components, Optomec has received a $1.5 million contract to develop a metal additive manufacturing system and process that enables the repair of oversized titanium components used in aircraft engines, awarded by the US Air…

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  • Norsk Titanium completes full scale article testing with GA-ASI

    Norsk Titanium US Inc. (OSL: NTI, OTCQB: NORSF), a global leader in metal 3D printing through its Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) technology, successfully completed component-level testing of landing gear parts with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). Started in 2021, the test program explored the application of Norsk Titanium’s RPD…

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  • Velo3D launches European 2022 ​​Seeing is Believing AM Tour

    Velo3D, Inc. (NYSE: VLD), a leading metal additive manufacturing technology company for mission-critical parts, officially launched the upcoming Seeing is Believing AM Tour for Europe, which will visit seven cities in 2022 across Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The roadshow brings together innovators across key industries including space,…

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  • Rochester Institute of Technology installs ElemX metal 3D printer

    The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) recently purchased and installed a Xerox ElemX 3D printer from Xerox Elem Additive Solutions at their AMPrint Center in Henrietta, NY. RIT will utilize the printer in their collaborations with manufacturers for research and product development as they focus on next-generation metal 3D printing…

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  • Burloak Technologies receives Nadcap for heat treatment

    Burloak Technologies Inc., the advanced manufacturing and AM division of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, has been awarded Nadcap accreditation for its in-house heat treatment facility. This accreditation demonstrates that Burloak’s heat treatment capabilities meet or exceed the aerospace industry’s standards. Heat treatment is a specialized process that stabilizes the…

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  • Freemelt receives third order from the US. For a Freemelt ONE system from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Freemelt receives third order from the US

    Nasdaq First North-listed Freemelt, whose pioneering solutions create new conditions for rapid growth and development in 3D printing, has received an order, to a value close to $500k, for a Freemelt ONE system from the prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology in the US. The system will be used for materials…

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