Metal producer Metalysis has invented a much more efficient method to make fine metal powder. Currently the price of titanium powder ranges from USD$200-400 per kg as it is made through a complex multi-step process. Metalysis’ new process involves a single step and should reduce the price accordingly.
While this is quite important for industrial metal 3D printer owners, there could be a connection to personal 3D printers as well. At the present there are no personal metal 3D printers available that use metal powder, but perhaps one of the reasons such a thing doesn’t exist is the prohibitively expensive cost of materials.
Projects such as MetalicaRap could benefit from the availability of inexpensive powdered metal material.