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Metal 3D Printer Buyer Guide 2020


Metal 3D printing has seen a lot of attention leveled at it over the past several years, with the metal additive manufacturing (AM) market seeing real growth over the past decade. According to the Additive Manufacturing with Metal Powders 2020 report from SmarTech Analysis, hardware revenues have increased almost threefold over the past five years and material sales increased close to six-fold.


In metal AM, there are a few main technologies that are deployed today. These consist of laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF), electron beam powder bed fusion (E-PBF), directed energy deposition (DED), and bound metal printing (BMP). I don’t believe in top ten lists or a dutiful “defining of the best” for many things. This is due to the fact that these industrial solutions will all excel for different parts, materials, customers, and applications. This is meant to be a good general starting guide for people who want […]

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