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). To access the interactive map, click on the image below.

3dpbm’s Map of Metal Additive Manufacturing Technologies. Click on the image to access the interactive map, with live links to 3dpbm’s Index.

Latest metal additive manufacturing news:

  • Australian Army extends SPEE3D metal 3D printing partnership

    The partnership between Australian Army and SPEE3D is set to continue in 2021, with plans to trial SPEE3D technology for a further 12 months. Local company SPEE3D has once again been provided the opportunity to collaborate with Australian Army’s 1st Combat Service Support Battalion. This time, the partnership will focus…

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  • One-millionth metal part 3D printed by 3DEO and shipped to customer

    3DEO, a next-generation metal 3D printing technology company, recently hit a key milestone in its commercialization with the one-millionth part shipped to a customer in the month of July. The part in question is a safety razor product for Blackland Razors (see image above). 3DEO’s achievement comes within less than…

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  • Elementum 3D to develop new metal materials for SPEE3D’s cold spray technology

    Elementum 3D, an additive manufacturing (AM) research and development company that specializes in the creation of advanced metals, composites, and ceramics, has acquired cold spray metal 3D printing technology developed by SPEE3D. The acquisition will allow Elementum 3D to offer more capabilities within its current services by expanding into metal…

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  • Fabric8Labs raises $19M to market new metal AM technology

    San Diego-based additive manufacturing startup Fabric8Labs came out of stealth as it closed a $19.3 million Series A financing round led by Intel Capital with syndicate partners including Lam Capital, TDK Ventures, SE Ventures, imec.xpand, Stanley Ventures, and Mark Cuban. The infusion of capital will enable Fabric8Labs to accelerate the…

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  • Fusion Factory Fraunhoder IFAM

    Listemann to acquire new Xerion AM production line

    Berlin-based equipment manufacturer Xerion and Listemann Technology, a Liechtenstein-based provider of industrial services in the field of material optimization and processing, have agreed to cooperate in order to further develop bound metal, sinter-based additive manufacturing of metallic components. As per the agreement, Listemann is going to acquire a Xerion AM…

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  • ExOne binder jetting materials portfolio

    Metal binder jetting takes off at Shapeways and Xometry

    Metal binder jetting, in particular via ExOne‘s more established technology, is finally entering large-scale production. In particular, two major AM service providers  Xometry and Shapeways, which target different audiences, have both scaled up their activities with this technology. Xometry, a leading AI-enabled marketplace for on-demand manufacturing, just introduced instant quoting…

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  • Queen of the Netherlands officially inaugurates MX3D bridge

    After just over 2 years of suspense (since the metal 3D printing phase was completed), the MX3DBridge has finally being placed and inaugurated in the city center of Amsterdam. The company finalized it and tested the sensor network. The event is so momentous that Queen Máxima of the Netherlands participated…

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  • Digital Metal vision

    Mitsubishi Heavy industries adds metal binder jetting to AM services

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., Ltd., a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Ritto, Shiga Prefecture, is expanding its offer of metal 3D printing services with the addition of Digital Metal‘s metal binder jetting system. The new service, commencing on July 15th, includes prototype production…

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  • Burloak adds two TRUMPF Truprint 2000 metal L-PBF 3D printers

    Burloak Technologies, a major metal 3D printing service provider in Canada, has added two TRUMPF TruPrint 2000 laser powder bed fusion metal 3D printers to the company’s already impressive lineup which includes GE Additive Arcam and EOS machines and even a Sciaky EBAM system. The multi-laser printers will boost manufacturing…

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  • AML3D BAE Systems Maritime Australia

    AML3D developing AM R&D facility with BAE Systems Maritime

    Just a day after announcing its new headquarters in South Australia, metal AM company AML3D has revealed its plans to establish a Research and Development facility within the upcoming Factory of the Future at the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide. The Factory of the Future—currently under development—is spearheaded by Flinders…

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