Metal 3D printing is no longer a novel technology, yet how it compares to traditional manufacturing processes—especially on cost—can still be an ambiguous equation. It has a reputation for being expensive, but it that a true apples-to-apples comparison? And how does the equation change if metal 3D printing is being evaluated as a complementary (instead of competitive) method?

Join FreeFORM Technologies and Desktop Metal for this webinar exploring how metal 3D printing compares to traditional manufacturing methods through a detailed comparison of metal injection molding and metal binder jetting. With both technologies in-house, FreeFORM is positioned to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of traditional versus additive manufacturing methods. Together, both companies will walk through cost modeling to discover where the breakeven is on volume and cost that makes metal 3D printing cost-effective.

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  • Learn where binder jetting fits and how it supports the product lifecycle curve as production ramps and declines throughout a product lifecycle
  • Explore the factors that impact cost breakdowns (such as material and tooling) and provide examples to compare costing models at various production volumes of each method
  • Compare the design considerations, process steps and end-part material properties
Tiana Gould
Regional Technical Manager, Desktop Metal
Tiana Gould is the Regional Technical Manager for North America at Desktop Metal, specializing in metal opportunities. With a background in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Mechatronics from Northeastern University, Tiana worked at Amazon Robotics and HighRes Biosolutions before joining Desktop Metal where she is responsible for working with customers to understand the value add of additive manufacturing and the best ways to implement the solution in-house.
Chris Aiello
VP of Business Development, FreeFORM Technologies
Chris Aiello is the cofounder and head of sales for FreeFORM Technologies, a contract manufacturer offering both metal binder jetting and metal injection molding to customers in the aerospace, automotive, defense, medical and sporting goods industries. At FreeFORM, Chris helps customers understand and evaluate the value proposition of using both technologies in tandem with each other for a product's entire lifecycle.
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