Post-processing can help removal, depowdering, cleaning, debinding, sintering, and even surface finishing operations. Metal 3D printing pieces cannot be used directly without post-processing
FREMONT, CA: Metal 3D printing, or metal additive manufacturing, is expected to push the 3D printing market in the next decade. It not only draws the interest of business giants, conglomerates, and governments; it also sees a lot of funding, creativity, and science.
Below is what a metal additive manufacturing ecosystem consists of.
1. Metal 3D Printing Technologies
Today, there is a range of metal additive manufacturing technologies. Some of the most common innovations are Bound Metal Deposition (BMD), Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Binder Jetting, and Directed-Energy Deposition (DED). Many of these tools have been used since the early days of 3D printing and have made significant strides in terms of their ecosystem.
Metal 3D printers are commonly used in modern processing facilities. They are not entirely capable of mass manufacturing, but they will undoubtedly push the series’ production. Most industry leaders have already leveraged this technology to their benefit.
2. Metal 3D Printing Materials
Metal additive manufacturing has long been found to have marginal applicability due to its small content library. Initially, only a few products could be printed in 3D, so only specific businesses and sectors purchased the technology. However, with more research, the metal additive manufacturing products library has been extended to include materials such as stainless steel (316L & 17-4 PH), Inconel 625, Titanium 64 (Ti-6Al-4V), Iron, H13 Tool Steel, A2 & D2 Tool Steel, Aluminum (AlSi10Mg) and several more. Material science has contributed to the democratization of metal additive manufacturing production.
But again, as far as costs are concerned, metal 3D printing materials are already expensive, limiting their use to R&D firms, multinationals, and extremely specialist sectors such as aerospace and healthcare. But this is evolving quickly, and it is expected that most manufacturing firms will implement metal 3D printers in the next decade, lowering their prices.
3. Metal Additive Post-Manufacturing Processing
Post-processing is also essential for the manufacture of metal additives. Both systems continue to move through any of the other phases of post-processing. Post-processing can help removal, depowdering, cleaning, debinding, sintering, and even surface finishing operations. Metal 3D printing pieces cannot be used directly without post-processing.
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