Fewer steps. Better results.
High material throughput is one of the greatest advantages of MELD. Because of our machines’ large size, they can deposit a wide array of metals at rates that are unmatched by any other metal additive process. In most cases, the MELD process can deposit material at least 10 times faster than other metal additive processes. Unlike parts made with other processes, once the MELDed material is deposited, the process is over.
It is also important to note that the story isn’t finished for these other processes. Because these more conventional technologies are melt-based, they will require additional, time-consuming steps such as HIP and sintering, to obtain an acceptable level of material quality. While parts made by one of these other processes are being “improved,” a MELD deposit is ready for its intended application.