A relatively small percentage of engineering alloys have robust 3D printing recipes. Even worse, the pace of technological development means that last year’s recipe may not represent an optimal process point with today’s equipment. Through examination of simple process models for laser welding, we seek to develop a set of rules for the translation of existing laser powder bed fusion recipes to new materials and machines. While this will not remove the need for the multiple runs required to validate a recipe, it is expected to provide a basis for estimating the optimum process point allowing for informed decision making regarding the potential benefits of a recipe development initiative. In this talk we present our recent progress towards a translation rule set and our preliminary experimental results validating this approach.