Metal Additive Manufacturing

Metal additive manufacturing is the fastest growing area of industrial 3D printing and is continuing on its disruptive journey, overcoming major challenges and seeing faster movement into true serial production applications.


This trend is spurring more healthy growth in the segment, despite temporary slowdowns experienced at the end of 2016. Now the metal additive manufacturing market appears to be entering its next major phase of growth, with the established area of metal powder bed fusion technologies undergoing major changes to address costs and volumes limitations, and an emerging market coalescing around new bound metal printing technologies.


Relevant Initiatives in this metal additive manufacturing include end-to-end process optimization for both powder bed (SLM, EBM) and powder fed processes (DED, LMD) by all major manufacturers including GE (Concept Laser and Arcam), EOS, 3D Systems, SLM Solutions, Trumpf, DMG Mori and more. Another interesting area of growth is the development of production-ready metal binder jetting technologies and bound metal technologies from major new entry players such as Desktop Metal, HP and GE – along with polymer market leader Stratasys’ own initiatives.


Latest metal additive manufacturing news:

  • LLNL multi-beam 3D printing

    Behind the doors of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), there is always something innovative going on. From the development of a new volumetric 3D printing process to the creation of new metamaterials. Recently, a team from the lab revealed it had achieved a breakthrough in the development of the…

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  • SLM Solutions Bugatti

    In the intersecting worlds of automotive and additive manufacturing, French luxury carmaker Bugatti and metal 3D printing company SLM Solutions can be considered something of a dream team. The two companies have been working together since as early as 2014 to redesign and optimize vehicle components using additive manufacturing. In…

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  • Renishaw Parkinson's Disease

    The impact 3D printing is having on life-changing applications is truly something to behold. Though the technology is not yet living up to the much-hyped expectations of 3D printed organs, it is still being used in a variety of ways to innovate within the healthcare sector. Metal 3D printing, for…

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  • Optomec LENS CS 600 CS 800

    Optomec, a specialist in metal additive manufacturing, has announced the launch of two new Directed Energy Deposition systems, the LENS CS 600 and CS 800 Controlled Atmosphere (CA). The new systems, which expand upon Optomec’s LENS series, were developed with the aim of maximizing the process’ build envelope while reducing…

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  • 3DEO doubles capacity 2019

    Metal 3D printing company 3DEO, Inc. has reported significant growth in 2018 and foresees greater growth in 2019. In fact, the California-based company plans to double its production capacity by the end of Q1 2019. Founded just over two years ago, 3DEO quickly ascended within the metal AM industry as…

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  • Titomic Csiro

    Australian advanced manufacturing company Titomic Limited announced it has executed an Exclusive License Agreement with CSIRO and an Acquisition Agreement with Future Titanium Technologies. The Exclusive License Agreement with CSIRO grants Titomic exclusive global rights to two patents for the production of Pipe, as well as Continuous Pipe manufactured using Titanium…

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  • X-rays Carnegie Argonne

    Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have made a breakthrough in identifying how gas pockets form in parts during the additive manufacturing process. The research, which involved using high-energy X-rays to analyze the Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) process, could help eliminate the…

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  • VELO3D Flow software

    3D printer manufacturer VELO3D has announced a series of upgrades to its print preparation software Flow, enhancing the platform’s capabilities and enabling SupportFree metal additive manufacturing, predictable part outcomes and more. VELO3D’s Flow software platform is specifically designed to accompany the company’s Sapphire 3D printer, a laser fusion metal AM…

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  • GKN Additive customer center China

    Metal AM company GKN Additive announced the opening of its first customer center in China. The new facility, located in Danyang, will house cutting edge 3D printing equipment and will enable the company to teach its clients about the technology and design and produce metal components through hands-on prototyping workshops.…

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  • Norsk Titanium SAE standards

    Additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium and engineering standards association SAE International have introduced the first specifications for direct energy deposition (DED) 3D printing. The new specifications establish the minimum requirements for the procurement of Norsk Titanium’s Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) Preforms by aerospace (or non-aerospace) customers. The specifications, developed by…

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