Metal and plastic 3D printing: hype and the quiet revolution
Metal 3D printing has been the most talked-about technology in the additive manufacturing (AM) space the past few years. It offers the exciting, complex end-use capabilities that plastic 3D printing promised during its rise to media prominence 10 years ago.
Unlike plastic, though, metal delivered on its promise early on. During metal’s rise in popularity, it should be noted that thermoplastic AM has been undergoing a quiet revolution. It has methodically evolved, offering creative new applications for end-use parts and continual innovations for low-volume manufacturing.