Gefertec 3DP bearing block Gefertec GmbH
A 3D-printed, nickel-chromium steel bearing holder, produces by the new GTarc process.

AM Continues to Expand, and So Does the Definition

Sales of metal additive manufacturing systems increased by 80% in 2017, propelled by new functionalities and paced by a growing number of practical applications

Industrial manufacturing of metal parts has been underway for centuries, but it has never been more open to reinterpretation. Until the past decade, such manufacturing processes relied heavily on expertise, with options available based on material choice and finished applications. Now, design flexibility and production volumes are infiltrating the decision-making equation, thanks to the growing application of metal additive manufacturing (AM.) 

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