Metal Additive Manufacturing degree of industrialization
Medical and dental lead industrialization efforts
Over 18 different metal AM technologies are currently known and all at different stages of technological and industrial maturity. This section evaluates important characteristics describing the state of the industrial use of metal AM today and in the future.
Processes such as Powder Bed Fusion or Powder Laser Deposition are well-established in multiple industries. PBF for example is used in qualified productions of end use parts for dental industry for over a decade. Other AM technologies have just been introduced into the market or are still in a phase of development and prototype set-up.
To describe the use of metal AM in the industrial production environment, several performance indicators are assessed. This includes machine utilization, type of products and batch sizes. A technological evaluation of the maturity of the 18 different metal AM principle is given in the next chapter of this report.