Process parameters, including deposition direction, arecrucial in direct metal deposition (DMD) for microstructureformation and mechanical properties of the final part. Multidirectional deposition along with in-situ deposition control canminimize deposition anisotropy and improve dimensionalaccuracy. In this paper, a DMD system is developed to achievemulti-directional metal deposition by using 6 degree-of-freedom(DOF) motion of the workpiece platform rather the laser headfor a highly compact design. An in-situ control strategy with twoindependent loops of laser focus and power is developed tocontrol the printing process based on the feedback from real-timemelt pool geometry and intensity. Experimental results haveshown that the laser focus and power control can significantlyimprove geometrical accuracy and reduce heat accumulation. Inaddition, system kinematics are derived and verified for the 6-DOF hexapod to achieve multi-directional deposition. Obliquestructures have been successfully printed to demonstrate theeffect of optimized build direction.