Document Explores Metal 3D Printing Trends and Catalogs Existing and Emerging Processes Providing Readers with a Comprehensive Guide for Metal 3D Printing Projects
El Segundo, Calif.—January 7, 2019—3Diligent announced today it has released its 2019 State of Metal 3D Printing Report, which provides a comprehensive source of information on current trends in metal 3D printing and existing and emerging metal printing processes for the product designer or business that is considering a metal 3D printing project.
The report documents the enthusiasm and growth of metal 3D Printing as evidenced by several high-profile projects from Fortune 500 companies. However, the report notes that metal 3D printing has not yet fully experienced a transformative speed breakthrough in the same way as polymer printers. The report highlights a number of technologies that may represent candidates for this breakthrough in metal printing efficiency.
The report also presents data from 3Diligent projects to provide additional context for the advancement of metal 3D Printing. According to research conducted by 3Diligent of 3D printing project requests in 2018, 45 percent requested metal printing processes, while 45 percent specified polymer and balance left the decision to 3Diligent and its network of fabricators to suggest an optimal process. This represents dramatic growth in metal printing demand since 2015 when just 14 percent of 3D printing project requests were for metal processes.
The 24-page report also provides a summary of the various existing and emerging metal 3D Printing processes, including tradeoffs and applications for each, including:
- Powder Bed Fusion—Laser Melting and Electron Beam Melting
- Binder Jetting – Sand Print-to-Cast, Full Sinter and Infiltrated
- Directed Energy Deposition
- Sheet Lamination
- Material Jetting
- Cold Spray
- Stir Welding
- Hybrid Systems—Additive with Milling
“Metal 3D printing is continuing to experience rapid growth, both in volume and variety. Understanding the various technologies available can be overwhelming,” said Cullen Hilkene, 3Diligent CEO. “We’ve published this report in hopes it can help readers make better-informed decisions with their metal 3D printing projects, whether it be making capital investments or identifying manufacturing partners.”
3Diligent is an innovative digital-manufacturing services provider. Its 3Diligent ProdEX division offers CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D printing, machining, casting, and injection molding through a distributed global network of qualified manufacturing partners. Its 3Diligent Shopsight shop-management system empowers machine shop and service bureau operators with powerful tools for pre-production and production. 3Diligent launched in 2014 to provide businesses the convenience of a one-stop shop for custom manufacturing needs and a partner immune to the disruption Industry 4.0 was bringing about. 3Diligent counts inventors, startups, and Fortune 500 enterprises among its customers.