Cost Additive Manufacturing
The make or buy decision is becomes very important for success of the business case. Especially for SMEs, however, high part cost is still the main restriction for further wide-spread adoption of this production technology. For Laser and Electron Beam Melting (LBM and EBM), a significant part of the (AM) manufacturing/ production costs results from high machine hourly rates of 40-50 €/h paired with relatively slow building speeds.
Ampower Insights gives a detailed calculation of production costs and introduces the ratio of cost per unit of volume for an easy comparison of technologies and materials. Today, the in-house production cost ranges between 0,86 €/cm³ for aluminum alloy AlSi10Mg to 3,20 €/cm³ for light-weight and medical grade titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V.