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:

  • Photo of Desktop Metal 3D printers populate Ford’s factory of the future

    The overlap between the additive manufacturing world and the automotive industry is growing each year. At the forefront of their respective disciplines are Desktop Metal and the Ford Motor Company, whose recent partnership has improved creativity and productivity at the world-renowned carmaker. Ford is an important investor in Massachusetts-based Desktop…

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  • Photo of A guide to design for Desktop Metal’s BMD process

    Increasing the accessibility and cost-efficiency of metal additive manufacturing has been a goal of the industry since its early days. Today, as broad industrialization looms on the horizon, there is one company that can be credited as helping to dramatically accelerate this journey: Desktop Metal. The Massachusetts-based company, which drew…

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  • Photo of GKN shows up to 80% weight saving on 3D printed hydraulic block subassemblies

    Just a few days ago, Aidro presented its first serially manufactured AMES valves for improved flow, now GKN Additive is highlighting ongoing work on 3D printed hydraulic block subassemblies. Additive manufacturing of hydraulic applications, like hydraulic blocks (adapter blocks), is a powerful alternative to traditional manufacturing methods such as subtractive…

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  • Photo of Titomic partners with aerospace tooling leader Ascent

    One of Australia’s leading metal additive manufacturing companies Titomic has announced a partnership agreement with Ascent Aerospace, a U.S.-based provider of production and automated assembly systems for the aerospace, defense and space sectors. The companies will work together to bring Titomic’s Kinetic Fusion (TKF) additive process to Ascent’s associated aerospace…

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  • Photo of GH Induction introduces new service organization for 3D printed coils

    GH Induction, a specialist in induction heating systems and copper AM, has announced the launch of a new service organization for its clients. The new service, called SERVINDUCTORS, will enable GH Induction to further establish its position as a leading supplier of inductors in Spain, Portugal and beyond. GH Induction…

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  • Photo of How bound metal 3D printing is going to transform the way parts are made

    “New manufacturing processes only come once every several decades,” says Jonah Myerberg, Co-founder and CTO of Desktop Metal, one of the most interesting companies in the global additive manufacturing landscape today. In this one-hour webinar, Mr. Myerberg discusses how Desktop Metal’s bound metal AM technologies can benefit manufacturing processes at…

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  • Photo of Simufact and Renishaw to improve simulation for multi-laser metal AM

    Engineering firm Renishaw has announced a partnership with simulation expert Simufact with the aim of improving powder-based metal additive manufacturing through simulation and build preparation. Through the collaboration, the companies will integrate Renishaw’s QuantAM build preparation software into Simufact Additive 2020. They will also work to further refine the simulation…

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  • Photo of Aerosint 3D prints multi-metal parts using LPBF

    Belgian additive manufacturing company Aerosint announced today that it has successfully 3D printed small cubes and a more complex part made from two types of metal. Though the parts are small, the news is big: multi-metal 3D printing is now a very real capability. The company, understandably excited, proclaimed: “Multi-metal…

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  • Photo of Metron Additive Engineering and the outlook for titanium 3D printed bike parts

    Dimitris Katsanis’ passion for cycling cannot be denied. Once an elite cyclist (he was a member of the Greek National Cycling team in the 1980s), Katsanis is now an important figure in bicycle design and engineering, supporting bicycle production for top-tier sporting events like the Olympics and the Tour de…

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  • Photo of Aurora Labs progresses in MCP metal AM process validation

    Australian metal 3D printing company Aurora Labs has announced a significant step forward in the validation of its Multi-Layer Concurrent Printing (MCP) process. As part of the process validation, the company has conducted independent testing of sample parts 3D printed from Stainless Steel 316L. Recent results demonstrated that the samples…

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