Metal Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, offers the possibility to produce complex parts without the design constraints of traditional manufacturing routes
Components that would not have even been possible just a few years ago can now be made to high standards using a wide range of metal powders. No longer solely a prototyping technology, Additive Manufacturing is now being used for the production of series components for the most demanding applications.
Additive Manufacturing, also referred to as 3D Printing, is a technology that produces three-dimensional parts layer by layer from a material, be it polymer or metal based. The method relies on a digital data file being transmitted to a machine that then builds the component.
Browse our guide to metal Additive Manufacturing / metal 3D Printing
The following introduction to metal Additive Manufacturing / metal 3D Printing outlines a number of the key technologies used to process metal parts and provides a look at the current state of the industry.
- Background to Additive Manufacturing
- Metal Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing processes
- Metal powders – the raw materials
- Secondary finishing processes
- Properties and standards
- Applications for AM technology
- Design advantages of Metal Additive Manufacturing
- Growth areas and market potential
- Summary and outlook
- CASE STUDY: Vacuum calibration sleeve
- CASE STUDY: Hydraulic crossing
This introduction to metal Additive Manufacturing / metal 3d Printing is based on an article written by J F Isaza and C Aumund-Kopp, Fraunhofer IFAM, Germany, and published in Powder Metallurgy Review Vol 3 No 2. Click to download the magazine free of charge. Powder Metallurgy Review is the leading international magazine for the PM industry.