Surviving Disruption in Additive Manufacturing - Choosing the “Best” Technology
Growth in AM creates twofold disruptive dynamics: (1) AM disrupts the way we produce - new applications emerge in all industry segments; (2) the AM ecosystem itself is under disruption along the value chain.
In this context, many technologies are evolving, but only a few are proven at industrial scale with a high level of automation and reproducibility. All current printing technologies will improve in certain aspects – none will be best for all applications. This assessment is backed by a global user survey in which we investigated the usage of AM technologies and their main limitations today and tomorrow across various industries. The number of AM technologies has strongly increased in recent years. Choosing the right technology became a challenge for many users. This presentation will investigate the AM technology landscape and analyze the current strengths and future potential of major technologies. It will present a multidimensional assessment that includes technical and financial criteria. It will comprise of long-standing technologies like material extrusion or laser sintering but also newer technologies such as high-speed sintering and metal binder jetting. The choice of the best technology depends strongly on the selected application. This talk will thus explore a selection framework to identify the best technology for any given use case.