3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), is one of the most exciting manufacturing technologies talked about today. We are now seeing a second modern wave of interest and enthusiasm for 3D printing with advances appearing in news feeds everyday across markets including consumer, industrial, automotive, aerospace, medical, and many more.
Surprisingly, the technology is over 30 years old, but the first modern wave of public excitement occurred around 2012 when media outlets touted the technology as ready to revolutionize the entire manufacturing landscape. Additive manufacturing had come a long way over three decades, but it wasn’t quite ready to live up to the massive hype. Fortunately, the technology has developed dramatically in the intervening five years — especially the 3D printing of metal alloys. Companies like 3DEO, for example, are using metal AM in high-volume production of 10,000+ pieces per year.