Despite the prospect of optimism, there are some notable success stories, but most manufacturers have not yet made use of metal additives for mass production. This is mainly because the machinery and materials are expensive, the production is relatively slow.
Additive manufacturing of metals has made amazing progress over the past decade, but never reached its promise; you can now do is the prototype parts.
However, some manufacturers have developed the first press to add metal injection molding materials, so after printing, you can move to our production machines and use the same cost-competitive model as injection molding Mass production.
Commodity parts manufacturers, such as the manufacturer of the automotive industry, can of course benefit from printing more parts. Desktop Metal is following this tip that printers and production machines can create more smaller parts or larger individual components.