Why is it so important to understand how costs in the AM process are allocated? If you are a buyer, this understanding will help you dissect quotes from service bureaus and ask educated questions during the negotiation process (i.e. What do you anticipate the machine run time to be and will my part be the only one produced in the build?). If you are an AM facility manager, it is paramount to understand the cost drivers associated with any manufacturing process. Calculating this breakdown and understanding cost levers is the first step in finding innovative ways to enhance your operation’s efficiency.