US/Europe: Metal additive manufacturing takes the spotlight

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Implications of recent acquisitions

Furthermore, the implications of GE's acquisition of two of the most influential AM system manufacturers (Arcam and Concept Laser)will continue to have an effect on the overall sales patterns in the metals sector companies. GE has confirmed that they will sell and service machines through their new GE Additive business.

In the area of tool and mould making, Smartech is also expecting a significant growth in the adoption of AM. The market is beginning to recognise that 3D printing of tooling in both metals and polymers holds significant value when compared to traditional manufacturing with fewer barriers to adoption. Challenges remain, of course, but industry leaders in printed tooling will continue to validate the overall concept 2017, Smartech reports.