Desktop Metal has launched two new systems that the company says will make affordable, safe and precise metal 3D printing for both prototyping and mass production a reality across industries -- at speeds 100x faster.
Desktop Metal, a company committed to making metal 3D printing accessible to global manufacturers and engineers, recently launched two systems covering the full product lifecycle -- from prototyping to mass production -- which mark a fundamental shift in how products will be developed and brought to market.
The DM Studio System is the world's first affordable, office-friendly metal 3D printing system.
The DM Studio and DM Production systems change the rules of traditional metal manufacturing solutions with the advent of first-of-its-kind innovative approaches that reduce costs and significantly increase speed, safety, and print quality.
The first office-friendly metal 3D printing system for rapid prototyping, the Desktop Metal Studio System is 10 times less expensive than existing technology today. The system is a complete platform, including both a printer, starting at $49,900, and microwave-enhanced sintering furnace that, together, deliver complex and even impossible geometries of metal 3D printed parts right in an engineer's office or on the shop floor.
The DM Studio System:
Eliminates the need for expensive, industrial facilities to safely house the technology. Unlike traditional metal 3D printing processes, the DM Studio System requires no hazardous powders, no lasers and no cutting tools to operate. Instead the DM Studio System uses Bound Metal Deposition (BMD), a proprietary process, to make accurate and repeatable parts, similar to the safest and most widely used 3D printing process for plastics, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology.
The DM Studio System speeds up prototyping to go to market faster. Print highly complex metal parts, like this propeller, in the office instead of waiting a week or more for machined or cast parts.
Makes metal 3D printing drop-dead simple. No need for dedicated operators, the DM Studio System uses cloud-based software to streamline the entire workflow so engineers can go from computer-aided design (CAD) software to printed parts seamlessly. Proprietary Separable Supports make it possible to remove support structures by hand, while swappable print cartridges make for safe, fast material changes.
Significantly increases the versatility of prototyping. Out of the box, the DM Studio System is designed to support hundreds of different metal alloys -- the same metals used to mass produce parts can now be used to prototype them.
To manufacture metal 3D printed parts at scale, Desktop Metal also launched the fastest 3D printing system for mass production of high resolution metal parts, the DM Production System.
Using new, proprietary Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) technology, the DM Production System is 100 times faster than today's laser-based additive manufacturing systems. For customers, the Production System dramatically reduces the cost-per-part when compared with today's laser-based systems, for the first time making it competitive with mass production techniques like casting.
This metal 3D printed pump housing part is sintered in the Desktop Metal furnace that can reach temperatures as high as 1400°C.
"Until now, metal 3D printing has failed to meet today's manufacturing needs due to high costs, slow processes and hazardous materials," said Ric Fulop, CEO and Co-founder of Desktop Metal. "With a team of some of the world's leading experts in materials science, engineering and innovation, Desktop Metal has eliminated these barriers by developing metal 3D printing systems that can safely produce complex, strong metal parts at scale."
"The rapid pace of innovation in technology is enabling OEM's to design, produce and deliver their products differently. I see a huge potential for the highly competitive automotive industry to accelerate product development and production," said Uwe Higgen, Managing Partner of BMW i Ventures.
"Desktop Metal's technology offers a new way for the manufacturing industry to be smarter, faster and more cost effective with metal 3D printing. Whether it's rapid prototyping or output at scale, a solution for printing metal parts that is competitive to the traditional manufacturing processes is certain to change the face of automotive design and production."
CEO Ric Fulop (right) and Materials Research Scientist Uwe Bauer in Desktop Metal's R&D lab.
"Caterpillar’s Parts Network has twenty-one distribution centers around the world that hold hundreds of thousands of service parts to provide over 2,000 dealer locations with the parts needed to provide our customers with their expected uptime," said Don Jones, Caterpillar Global Parts Strategy Manager. "By leveraging a portion of 3D printing for metal parts, we will be able to enhance best in class service with lower inventory investment. We are excited to evaluate the Desktop Metal suite of products, which will allow us to print metal parts at high speed and minimal post processing and environmental constraints closer to our customers, reducing the need to expedite ship critical parts from across the globe."
The DM Studio System is available to reserve now with shipping beginning in September 2017. The DM Production System is available to reserve now for shipping beginning in 2018.
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