Cost per part is the largest issue gating the adoption of Metal AM for serial production. Quality material can only be welded so fast before the properties start to drop off. Factors such as machine build volume, number of lasers, powder layer thickness, and part orientation can play a significant role in reducing the price of building a part. Optimizing the current generation of machines to produce material faster is one of the biggest industry drivers today. Metal AM gets faster every year, applications that used to not make sense may now be reaching a cost break point where additive could now be considered. If Metal AM is to be taken seriously as an alternate form of manufacturing not just complex geometry but simpler parts for supply chain reduction the cost per part needs to be significantly lower. We will address these topics and share practical considerations to optimize machine productivity and reduce production costs.