Series: Installing a Metal 3D Printer

A five-part series documents one manufacturer’s experience and lessons learned while installing a powder-bed fusion metal 3D printer.

What equipment is necessary to support metal 3D printing? What are the risks associated with metal powders and powder-bed fusion? What are the waste streams generated, and how do you handle them?

When Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) decided to add its first metal 3D printer, the company knew it needed to answer these questions to ensure the safety and productivity of its new investment. Fortunately, PADT also chose to document the process and share the lessons learned. The result is a five-part blog series that covers the auxiliary equipment, material handling and other concerns associated with metal 3D printing.

Read the complete series:

  1. Part 1: Ancillary and postprocessing equipment
  2. Part 2: Facilities concerns
  3. Part 3A: Safety risks from metal powder and laser powder-bed fusion
  4. Part 3B: Preventing and mitigating safety risks
  5. Part 4: Environmental regulations and concerns


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