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Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) compares with Direct Energy Deposition (DED)
Optomec LENS technology is based on Direct Energy Deposition (DED). However, a more commonly used method for 3D metal printing is Powder Bed Fusion (PBF). Each process has its advantages, but which is best for specific parts? Our new benchmark study answers this question. DED and produces fully-dense material with excellent mechanical and fatigue properties that can be more than 10 x faster and 5x less expensive than PBF for certain parts.