Metal additive manufacturing (AM) technologies present great opportunities for current and future manufacturing. Their impact on new product development, product quality and manufacturing costs can be signiﬁcant for the right applications. Their digital and layer-wise attributes also have the potential to significantly improve supply chain dynamics and shorten delivery lead times. Using AM technology, manufacturers can produce parts on demand in locations that can be chosen to minimise transport or feedstock costs .
Regardless of procurement route, research shows that metal powder costs will be the biggest continuous expense through the life of an AM machine. Let’s have a look at the reasons behind the high-costs of metal powder feedstock.
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