Is metal 3D printing fundamentally more expensive than machining?

Yes and no. If one chooses a very "simply knitted" component, such as simple angles or brackets for example, you will definitely get away with the regular machining more cheaply.

However, if one chooses a component, which is particularly emphasized by its complexity or bionic component geometry, one can achieve great savings  .

What is also worth noting is the   benefit. [Nbsp] You can add   through additive production from an assembly of e.g. 8 can be used to create a single component by means of a function integration, thereby saving assembly costs. Or if you can achieve enormous weight savings through additive production, you can also save money here.