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Metal 3D Printing: Who Will Win the Laser Wars?

Metal 3D Printing: Who Will Win the Laser Wars?

Written by Paul

December 12, 2020


There’s a war raging in the metal additive manufacturing. It’s particularly interesting timing too, given the current state of uncertainty in manufacturing and key end markets like aerospace and automotive as the COVID-19 pandemic rages entering 2021.


The last few months have set the stage for interesting developments for metal additive manufacturing. The spotlight is back on the metal powder bed fusion market. Specifically, three notable players in metal AM have announced impending 2021 release of massive new platforms featuring double or triple the number of lasers of today’s cutting edge production systems. In the past six weeks, we’ve seen such systems presented for commercial pre-availability by Velo3D and their Sapphire XC platform , Additive Industries and its MetalFAB-600 , and least surprisingly SLM Solutions (whom has been teasing the release of a massive laser-packed platform for several years). It may […]

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