We often get asked what the advantages and disadvantages of FDM printing are compared to other technologies. As with all processes there will be advantages of FDM in certain applications, whereas it may be at a disadvantage compared to another process for a different application.
As an example, FDM is considerably cheaper and has significant H&S benefits when printing metal parts compared to Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) health considerations and would therefore enable more users in an educational setting. Metal FDM parts might not have the same surface quality that DLMS parts will have but are likely to be high enough quality for the intended purpose.
The trick when choosing which technology your business should invest in is to gain an understanding of your business needs by conducting an application audit which will ensure you are fully aware of the advantages and disadvantages of FDM printing and what it means for the work your business/organisation will want to conduct with it.