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Navigating The Landscape of Metal 3D Printing Technologies


Seurat’s Alpha System Printer.  Approximately 8m L x 2.3m W x 2.6m H

 

Choosing The Right Metal Production Method Is A Tall Order

There’s new technology to research, new risks to weigh, and new environmental pressures to consider. You have an overwhelming number of choices—and likely even more questions. 


  • Is additive manufacturing better than traditional techniques?  

  • Which technology is right for your application?  

  • Will you need to redesign your parts?  

  • Should you invest in your own equipment and recruit a highly specialized staff or outsource? 


Seurat’s fully swappable print cartridges reduce printer downtime to minutes.

That is why we turned to the experts at AMPOWER, the leading strategy consultancy and thought leader in the field of industrial Additive Manufacturing, to create a guide to help you jump-start your research to find the best production approach for your company, your part, and your budget. 


You can keep reading for a summary or download the full guide here: 










Why We Need Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) To Advance

Nearly every metal component we use today is manufactured through traditional methods.  Unfortunately, they typically take place far from the point of assembly and emit unacceptable levels of CO2.  Moreover, these traditional methods were designed for low-cost, high-volume production which raises the bar for replacement technologies. 


High costs are currently restricting most metal AM to low-volume high-value parts for industries such as medical and aerospace.  Only by improving the economics of AM and reducing the cost per part can the addressable market be expanded. 



 

Removing The Tradeoffs 

The major AM technologies, Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF), Direct Energy Deposition (DED), and Binder Jetting (BJT) all involve tradeoffs in build rate and fidelity. Seurat’s Area Printing® technology enables the printing of metal parts with both high build rates and high fidelity.  This drives down costs to a level that competes with machining today and will compete with casting in the future. 


Seurat’s Chief Scientist, Andy Bayramian, making adjustments to Alpha System's printer optics.

 

Seurat. Transforming How Metal Parts Are Made. 

Seurat’s other key advantage is that we are the only contract manufacturer with our state-of-the-art print depot. To be clear, we are not selling printers. And frankly, you don’t want us to. That saves you the time of investing in expensive equipment, hiring specialized talent, and becoming a subject matter expert in a discipline you don’t need to learn. 


Because your parts can be manufactured in our local print depots, your supply chain shortens, and your dependence on offshore resources decreases. And because our depots are powered by 100% green energy, we’re able to minimize environmental impact. 


We know this blog and guide are only the first steps.  That is why our team of experts is here to help you determine if Area Printing® is a good fit for your high-volume parts.


Please contact us at info@Seurat.com 


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