02 April 2020 11:13
Choosing the best supplier of metal 3D printing powders is critical for your AM operation’s success. However, the process of finding a new supplier can be both stressful and challenging, given so many requirements and risks surrounding metal 3D printing.    To help you on this quest, we’ve compiled a list of five important questions you should ask any prospective metal AM powder supplier.    1. What technology do you use to manufacture your powders?    Ensuring the quality of a metal 3D-printed part always begins with ensuring the quality of the material that will be ...
03 March 2020 7:40
The lack of understanding of metal 3D printing capabilities and limitations remains one of the key challenges to greater adoption of the technology. Misconceptions that have emerged around the technology only add fuel to the fire.    In today’s article, we’ll be dismantling some of the common myths surrounding metal 3D printing, to uncover the truth and arm you with the facts.    1. Metal 3D printing is too expensive   Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) can be an expensive technology to own. Some metal AM systems can cost up to a million dollars, making them affordable ...
03 July 2019 13:00
Image above: The M5 screws 3D printed using Digital Metal's system [Image credit: Digital Metal]   Metal binder jetting is undergoing a renaissance. Over the last decade, many new companies have entered a competition mode, each with its own take on this technology.    Such activity is in part fueled by many lucrative opportunities this technology presents. For one, the high speed and precision of the metal binder jetting process can help establish it as a new high-volume production method.    But which developments are driving the success of this technology?    Today we’ll be looking at ...
26 June 2019 13:31
[toc] Metal 3D printing is advancing rapidly on all fronts: the technology is becoming more advanced, print speeds are increasing and there is a greater range of industrial materials than ever before. These advancements are opening up exciting new applications for the technology.    However, getting to grips with the available technologies and integrating them into existing workflows can be a challenge for many companies.    This guide aims to help you better understand metal 3D printing, from the technologies that are currently available to the technology’s benefits, limitations and key applications.    Metal ...
18 June 2019 11:52
With the benefits of reduced material waste and the ability to create lightweight designs, titanium 3D printing is finding its niche in many industries.   Titanium has excellent material properties, but its high cost has historically limited its use to high-value applications in aerospace. Now that metal 3D printing is becoming increasingly recognised as a viable manufacturing method, the technology is making titanium more available to industries like medical, automotive and motorsports.   Today’s post looks at what makes titanium a good choice  for 3D printing, the technologies that support the material, as ...
19 February 2019 18:05
Just a decade ago, few believed that metal 3D printing could ever be a serious contender for serial production. However, the technology has seen a rapid evolution, particularly over the last few years. Now, with metal parts being used in applications as wide-reaching as medical, automotive and aerospace, the technology is gearing up for production.   But where are we today?   As the metal 3D printing market continues to grow, it’s important to keep up with the ever-changing landscape. That’s why today, we’ll be taking a look at the evolution of metal 3D ...
20 December 2018 10:55
2018 has been a year of growth and maturity for the additive manufacturing industry.   The 3D printing hype of previous years, where consumer 3D printing was predicted to lead to 3D printers in every home, famously gave way to a wave of disillusionment when this turned out not to be the case.   Since then, we’ve seen the industry move away from this hype, transitioning to focus on the value of additive manufacturing as an industrial solution.     While still a relatively small percentage of the $12 trillion manufacturing industry, ...
18 May 2018 11:57
The annual Wohlers Report has become the most highly anticipated guide to the additive manufacturing industry since its first publication 23 years ago. With 76 co-authors in 32 countries, the report represents knowledge and expertise from the largest global network of AM professionals. As new players enter the market, from system manufacturers and material producers to software and service providers, Wohlers Report 2018 is undoubtedly the go-to guide for the latest insights and forecasts into the world of 3D printing. This year is no different, with the 2018 edition highlighting ...
17 May 2018 12:21
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) is one of the lesser-known metal 3D printing technologies, but one that holds huge potential for large-scale 3D printing applications across multiple industries.   This guide will focus on how WAAM works, its benefits and limitations, as well as key WAAM companies and successful applications.   How does Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing work?   WAAM is a variation of a Direct Energy Deposition technology and uses an arc welding process to 3D print metal parts.    Unlike the more common metal powder AM processes, WAAM works by melting metal wire using an electric ...
03 May 2018 11:00
Metal additive manufacturing has experienced an explosive growth across a range of industries, which has led to the emergence of more 3D printing metals systems and machines on the market.  Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is one of the most popular 3D printing technologies, as it delivers high-quality metal components. There are a number of leading players in the market that provide DMLS 3D printers for industrial applications — but can you be sure which DMLS machine is right for your needs? We'll explore the range of DMLS machines available, ...