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:

  • Seurat reports demand for 25 tons of 3D printed metal parts

    Seurat Technologies – a 3D metal printing startup working on high-throughput metal PBF technology for mass production, revealed that it has received three Letters of Intent (LOI) from global manufacturers that link production volumes to revenue forecasts. Applications range from tooling, energy, transportation, and more, in the industrial sector. Qualification…

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  • Ricoh’s UK CEC to include aluminum binder jetting

    Ricoh Company, Ltd. will expand its Customer Experience Centre (CEC) in Telford, the UK, on November 7 to accelerate co-creation with customers and partners in the manufacturing industry. It will particularly benefit those considering using metal binder jetting (MBJ), and specifically aluminum binder jetting, 3D printers for electric vehicles (EVs),…

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  • SPEE3D introduces XSPEE3D. The all-in-one containerized metal 3D printer was designed based on collaboration with the Australian Army.

    SPEE3D introduces XSPEE3D

    SPEE3D, the maker of some of the world’s fastest metal 3D printers, has unveiled its XSPEE3D printer – a containerized, ruggedized, and deployable cold-spray metal 3D printer that provides all of the necessary functions to print metal parts, from anywhere, in just minutes. XSPEE3D was designed based on extensive fieldwork…

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  • 3dpbm Pulse Podcast S2E1: skyrocketing into AM production

    No metal AM hardware company has been able to gain rapid adoption in the aerospace segment as Velo3D. The company started just a few years ago by CEO Benny Buller, has already grown into a publicly listed entity on track to reach nearly $100 million in yearly revenues. Now Mr.…

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  • GH Induction produces largest EBM 3D printed pure copper coil

    GH Induction, a Spanish specialist in pure copper coils, has produced the largest pure copper coil, 3D printed by EBM technology, opening new boundaries in heat treatment processes. The company headquartered in Valencia, Spain, markets its 3D printed pure coil production methods under the brand 3D Inductors and has deployed…

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  • IperionX to open first 100% recycled titanium metal powder facility. Virginia’s first titanium demonstration facility in Halifax County.

    IperionX to open first 100% recycled titanium metal powder facility

    Glenn Youngkin, the governor of Virginia, has announced that IperionX Limited, a US critical minerals company, plans to make a capital investment totaling $82.1 million to establish Virginia’s first titanium demonstration facility in Halifax County. The company’s project will develop over two phases, with phase one consisting of a $12.5…

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  • GA-ASI and Conflux to develop a new Fuel Oil Heat Exchanger (FOHE) for the MQ-9B remotely-piloted aircraft.

    GA-ASI and Conflux to develop new FOHE for the MQ-9B aircraft

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) is working with long-time collaborator Conflux Technology on the design and manufacture of a new Fuel Oil Heat Exchanger (FOHE) for the MQ-9B. GA-ASI is developing this enhanced thermal solution for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian remotely-piloted aircraft. GA-ASI is a leading developer of…

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  • The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) takes delivery of AM Solutions' M1 Basic - exploring metallic component manufacturing.

    NMIS takes delivery of AM Solutions’ M1 Basic

    The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) operated by the University of Strathclyde, has recently taken delivery of its AM Solutions M1 Basic additive manufacturing post-processing technology – which will be used as part of a research project focused on metal AM. The M1 Basic will be located at one of…

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  • Shaping the metal AM factories of tomorrow

    Metal AM service providers represent a key transitional step to evolve metal AM from its current status as niche prototyping technology and small-batch production technology to digital serial production and, eventually, mass production within real metal AM factories. It is no coincidence that, after the largest 3D software companies, such…

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  • SLM Solution and CTC to develop 1.5 meter z-axis NXG XIIE

    Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) was recently awarded a $5.2 million U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) contract that involves building the world’s largest additive manufacturing (AM) machine, the NXG XIIE. The project intends to overcome the limits of current AM (3D) equipment to build longer parts for critical defense applications.…

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