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Additive Manufacturing with Steels 2019


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Published on Apr 22, 2019 SKU #SMP-AM-ST-0419 Categories , Tag

Steels were the first materials adapted to metal additive manufacturing technologies in the mid 1990s with the development of the very first metal powder bed fusion systems from EOS, then used exclusively for the printing of injection molding tools, and have over the last three decades become the foundation for the metal 3D printing phenomenon worldwide. Steels, the most widely utilized metal family in modern manufacturing, are now applied across multiple additive manufacturing processes and in perhaps the widest variety of alloys compared to any other material group also being additively processed today.

Today, steels are one of the fastest growing metals segments for metal additive manufacturing powder materials, thanks to increasing interest from end-user segments which haven’t always been the most talked about in regards to metal additive manufacturing. These include industrial equipment and products manufacturers, makers of molding tools, mining, energy, oil and gas, and makers of consumer goods. Meanwhile, the automotive and aerospace industries are also keen to adopt steel additive manufacturing to enhance the existing solutions they have been used to using for titanium, aluminum, and superalloy materials for years.

The steel AM segment is unique in that it will develop not only alongside metal powder bed fusion technologies, but also will be strongly correlated with the rapid growth and adoption of new bound metal deposition and metal binder jetting additive manufacturing systems. In these processes, steels are -at least initially -the only printable materials to be supported, and benefit from the greatest amount of industry knowledge on proper sintering to achieve suitable mechanical properties versus any other metal. SmarTech Analysis anticipates that steels will become one of the most appealing metals segments for additive technologies due to the combination of achievable mechanical properties, low comparative material cost, widespread industrial applicability, and strong existing metallurgical knowledge and supply chain. These and other growth drivers will quickly lead to steels becoming the most widely printed metal AM powder material, where the world’s traditional leaders in steel powder materials will appreciate the high value product that AM powders provide their businesses, and smaller specialty materials companies will build their businesses with the greatest overall AM powder volumes of any printed metal.

This market outlook database is part of a new resource series from SmarTech, the leading provider of industry data and market analysis services to the additive manufacturing industry. Purchasers receive a detailed dataset that comprises all of SmarTech’s key steel additive manufacturing metrics, including powder material shipments and revenues, material pricing estimates, geographic demand data, powder atomization metrics, and hardware opportunities associated with steel printing, all cut by end user industries, geographies, and specific metal AM print technology group. The database provides steel AM companies the most diverse resource of market data available specific to their needs, allowing for custom integration into existing models or internal business development tracking programs.

In addition, an accompanying document is also provided to give purchasers context and assumptions behind the data, and the latest trends which are influencing and shaping the associated market forecasts provided in the dataset.