Starting out mainly as a prototyping technology Additive Manufacturing (AM) gained tremendous momentum for use in industrial applications since mid of 2010s. For highly demanding functional parts, Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (LB-PBF) became the most dominant AM technology. Since the end of 2010s, the sinter-based technologies Binder Jetting Technology (BJT) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) of metal components raised end user expectations to enable new applications by massively reducing cost. This claim has been fueled lately by large US companies such as HP, DESKTOP METAL and MARKFORGED.
In this study, AMPOWER presents an objective and independent view on the current capabilities of such new metal AM technologies. A focus of the study is on sinter-based AM technologies compared with LB-PBF and Metal Injection Molding (MIM). By analyzing over 50 specimens from 9 different system suppliers, AMPOWER is revealing the characteristics of the different technologies.