3D-printing of metal components is the most ambitious, expensive and cost intensive discipline of additive manufacturing. Laser-sinstering, laser melting and laser-cusing are the 3D-printing processes for which there is a growing market. Companies such as Airbus are currently looking ahead with their plans to switch the bulk of their manufacturing to metal-3D-printing.
We too in the 3D-printing network Solingen are already investing in 3D-metal-printers. We will shortly report on the activities of our partner Klaus Stöcker Metallbearbeitungconcerning this. Laser-sintering with metal powder is also a focus of research in the university landscape. Our network member, the Bergische Universität Wuppertal is breaking new ground with copper-based metals in this area (see picture above, more).