Is most of your purchased metal going to scrap?

Discover how you can achieve a better Buy-to-Fly Ratio.

Metals are expensive. When you machine away material from a block to produce complex parts, much of the metal you paid for is going to scrap. There’s a costly imbalance between the weight of the metal you purchased and the metal that constitutes your final “flying” component.

With this whitepaper, you will learn —

  • Why the manufacturing industry is suffering from high Buy-to-Fly ratios
  • How Metal 3D Printing affects the total cost of ownership
  • When Metal 3D Printing is the most profitable choice
  • Which 5 industries are most suitable for reducing costs with Metal 3D Printing

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An introduction to the Buy-to-Fly Ratio

Up to 98% of material is wasted while machining a complex metal part

The buy-to-fly ratio refers to the weight of the raw material purchased, compared to the weight of the final part. In conventional subtractive manufacturing techniques e.g. machining from solid (MFS), up to 98% of raw material — often high quality and high value — can be machined away in order to produce the final part.

If you’ve already got questions...

Our Design & Engineering team would love to hear them. In Metal 3D Printing, more so than in conventional technologies, design plays a crucial role.

Talk to us about what you have in mind, and we will work with you to make it happen.

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About Materialise Manufacturing

Materialise has been active in Additive Manufacturing since 1990 and operates one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world. With its headquarters in Belgium and branches worldwide, Materialise provides Additive Manufacturing software solutions and sophisticated 3D printing services in industries including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and consumer products.

Ready to discover the cost-saving potential of Metal 3D Printing?

Reduction in raw material cost will always have a benefit in its own right, but achieving a lower Buy-to-Fly ratio with Metal 3D Printing delivers cost savings throughout the broader life-cycle of metal parts. Read the whitepaper to learn how it works and how you can use it to your competitive advantage.

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