What do you feel is the future of 3D metal printing, and what is the real cost of parts made using this process?
Hi Marin,There is a future for Shure, but we still have to struggle with a lot of discrepant issues. The AM technology required massive investment in research and development to rich the level of sufficient efficiency and professionality. However, today we are printing already a lot of parts with different technologies & from various materials ( titanium, aluminum, Inconel...etc ) especially in aerospace, medical, automotive and others. As far the cost it depends the quality requirements such as : accuracy, surface roughness, other finish treatments, NDT and the necessity of machining to remove all the printed supports holding the part in place during the process. There is a rule of thumb " never print something you have the ability to machine it or form it" , I guess it's explain you the cost effect of printing. I am sure that 10 years from now we will print almost everything but, we will still need all the machines for machining & finishing. One of the accounting problem in 3D printing is the porosity and void problems since the printing powder is not optimal yet from one hand, and the printing process required some more improvements from the other hand. Anyway, the elimination of subtracting material and recycling is a major factor in cost reduction at the end. There is anther advantage that the AM process is more sustainable & green ...
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