I also think 2022 will be a release party for DED and hybrid technologies. I think an important note to take away is Gerrard’s differentiation here, where he particularly likes wireframe LMD for “small to large pieces (5-10cm to 1-2m)” and is particularly enthusiastic about machine shops. Many people target aerospace or rocket engines, but forget that per part and per customer there is usually an optimal technology. I think Gerard’s more specific perspective is much better.
Christian Lonne, the experienced leader of the binder projection company digital metal said,
“Making more and more materials available for metal binder jetting is obviously a good thing, but what I really think will benefit the whole of technology, and what we are pursuing at Digital Metal is a qualification robust materials with robust properties, paving the way for high repeatability. and true industrial-grade mass production with high yield and material properties.
Especially considering that Digital Metal is currently used in manufacturing, making hundreds of thousands of parts for customers, I think it’s significant that Christian wants to focus here on “robust properties”, qualifications and repeatability.
For me, we are going to have a very exciting year in terms of binder jetting and DED technologies. On the one hand, we will push to smaller customers and sites while going deeper into manufacturing.