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Five Thoughts on the State of Metal Additive Manufacturing by Scott Dunham

Five Thoughts on the State of Metal Additive Manufacturing by Scott Dunham

Written by David

June 13, 2019

What sectors are showing best opportunities this next year in metal AM? Demand for metal AM is in a bit of an unsteady period while the global economy and the AM market shake out a bit over the next several quarters. What needs to be understood is that for the longest time, there’s only really been one widely commercially accepted metal additive process (metal powder bed fusion and its variants), and everything beyond that was niche with appeal only to very specific use cases and customers. Now, there three viable technical segments of the market, and this has got companies looking at things differently, which at some level is changing the demand pattern for the industry. It’s still acceptable to say that metal powder bed fusion is the driving force of the industry today in 2019, so with that in mind, the biggest opportunities are still going to mostly […]

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