Additive Manufacturing Materials: 3D Printing's Greatest Challenge
James Anderton posted on September 16, 2019 |

There are thousands of materials on the market with different manufacturing applications in conventional processes like molding or machining. But what about for additive manufacturing?

Material cost and selection is one of the major targets in the development and adoption of 3D printing in industrial production.

The rate of adoption of industrial additive manufacturing will be directly correlated to availability of a diverse range of custom commodity and engineering materials. Engineering.com spoke with additive manufacturing experts at this year’s RAPID tct trade show hosted in Detroit, Michigan.

Whether they fuse powder, cure resin or lay down filament, 3D printers have come a long way in terms of accuracy, precision, reliability, and capability. But if you ask us, material selection is truly the frontier of development for additive manufacturing.

Check out our latest video on metal additive manufacturing here.


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