The great news is Metal 3d printing is possible. Firstly, you can choose from a number of options. Secondly, there are prices to match all budgets. You don’t need anything like hundreds of thousands of pounds to print in metal like some manufactures would lead you to believe. It doesn’t have to be that expensive!
Above all, FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) eliminates airborne metal particles by containing the fine metal powder in the plastic filament making it a very safe method of printing metal. Filament is deposited layer by layer through a nozzle onto the build platform to create a geometry.
Complex shapes like Jewellery, R&D and engineering components can be made this way. A fully functional and proven technology to print metal parts is available on the Nanoe platforms.
The development of metal 3d printing has given rise to a number of different technologies from Direct Metal Laser Sinter (DMLS) to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) that can print metals. Another process is NeuBeam. It is a very exciting technology that provide the following benefits;,
- increased flexibility
- better metallurgy
- and complete stability for industrial metal AM applications
In conclusion, the future of metal 3d printing is very exciting. Undoubtedly there will be new developments and even more exciting developments in the future. For now, there a few options for consumer to choose from.