3D printing may still be in its early days, yet is moving rapidly to fulfill a huge potential. One recent area of innovation is affordable 3D metal printing, “for desktops”. While this class of devices is not quite yet ready for the mass market, by the end of the decade there may well be multiple desktop metal-based 3D printers. The new class of lower end metal printers is only just now emerging. These platforms combine technologies such as welding with Cartesian-based movement systems of a typical FFF/FDM printer.

>Read more by Christopher Morris, Advanced Manufacturing Insight, June 2, 2015

Emerging Desktop Printers for Metals: A Survey