Maturity and Additive Manufacturing industrialization
Over 18 different metal AM technologies are currently known. All of which are in highly different stages of maturity. Processes like Powder Bed Fusion or Powder Laser Deposition are well-established in multiple industries and used in qualified productions of end use parts. Other AM technologies have just been introduced into the market or are still in a phase of development and prototype set-up.
The overwhelming majority of the installed machine base are LB-PBF systems. First serial applications exploiting the benefits of LB-PBF, such as in dental industry, were introduced almost two decades ago. Today, this technology is currently offered by more than 50 different system suppliers. In the future, however, technologies such as Binder Jetting and Wire Arc Deposition will increase their market share significantly.
Many of the proprietary and recently introduced technology principles and machine concepts will yet have to prove that there is a substantial amount of industrial applications to play significant role in the AM market permanently.