Executive Insights: The Business Impact of Support-Less Printing for Metal AM

February 04, 2020

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The negative impact of support structures for metal 3D printing is far greater than most understand. When the burden of support structures is removed, there are cost and time benefits directly related to the elimination of this laborious operation. But those benefits are often insufficient in strengthening the business case for metal 3D printing, and they fail to capture the real business impact that motivates decision makers.

Join us in this webinar to hear firsthand accounts from our panelists on the impact that support-less metal 3D printing has had on their businesses. From two divergent viewpoints—a precision machining services company and a manufacturer of rocket propulsion systems—you will learn what support elimination can do for your product designs, manufacturing operations, business growth and product innovations. Armed with these insights, you will be better equipped to make a strong business case for metal 3D printing.

Primary Topics:

  • The role and impact of supports in metal 3D printing
  • The business advantages of support elimination:
    • Unshackling design and optimizing performance
    • Improving productivity, repeatability, and reliability
    • Expanding business opportunities and 3D printing applications
    • Fueling innovation


Todd Grimm
President; T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc.
Todd Grimm is 25-year veteran of the additive manufacturing/3D printing industry. From his work, he was named as one of The TCT Magazine’s 20 most influential in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

Mike Corliss
VP of Technology, Knust-Godwin
Knust-Godwin is a precision machining company for the oil and gas industry.

Jeff Thornburg
President, Interstellar Technologies
Interstellar Technologies provides innovations in design and manufacturing for propulsion and space systems.

Richard Nieset
Chief Customer Officer, VELO3D
VELO3D empowers companies to manufacture anything with the industry’s first support-less solution for 3D metal printing.