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.
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.