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Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Comparing Metal Parts Manufacturing Methods

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 22, 2018 12:36:53 PM

From machining to MIM, metal parts buyers have a wide range of options for addressing their part-production challenges. The key in choosing from among them is to remember that each technology brings something different to the table, and every part has unique requirements.


Metal fabrication does not lack for depth as an industry. No fewer than 6 distinct—and commonly used—techniques exist for the manufacture of metal pieces and parts in 2018. Each can be considered the “best” option given certain conditions. For this reason, it’s often tough for an organization looking to outsource a specific production run of components to decide just which method is right for them. The list of options is long, and it’s growing more nuanced by the day.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Investment Casting, Traditional Manufacturing

The Economics of Investment Casting Versus Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 13, 2018 5:16:11 PM

Production runs of small, intricate metal components have traditionally been addressed by metal injection molding or investment casting. Some manufacturers, however, are finding that advances in 3D printing technology can make it a cheaper and faster alternative.


The question of which manufacturing method is best suited to metal part production can be complicated. It’s not a decision that can be reached by weighing only a single factor. To arrive at the best decision, it’s important for businesses to consider many factors and prioritize.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, industry trends, Investment Casting, Traditional Manufacturing