Desktop Metal has launched Shop System™, the world's first metal binder jetting system designed for machine shops and metal job shops. For the first time, shop owners can leverage affordable, high-quality binder jetting technology to print end-use metal parts with unparalleled speed, print quality, and productivity.
This high-speed, single-pass print engine introduces high-quality binder jetting to an entirely new market of machine shops and metal fabrication job shops, a nearly $180 billion global industry. With the Shop System, shop owners can eliminate many of the constraints previously seen with traditional manufacturing methods like CNC machining and tap into new opportunities to reduce their costs and increase revenue.
"Since the launch of our metal 3D printing platforms, Studio System and Production System, Desktop Metal has changed the rules of traditional metal manufacturing solutions with innovative approaches that reduce costs and significantly increase speed and print quality for our customers," said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder, Desktop Metal. "Our current technology has significantly disrupted low- and high-volume production in metal manufacturing, yet there was still a real need for a robust solution that also captures mid-volume production and enables affordable, reliable and flexible batch production of complex parts for machine shops. For the first time with the Shop System, machine shops will be able to make that a reality."
Introducing the Shop System™
The Shop System platform's end-to-end solution, including printer, powder station, and furnace, seamlessly integrates with existing shop operations. Users can print end-use metal parts that span a variety of industries, including manufacturing, tooling, and automotive, with the quality, surface finish and tolerances needed to co-exist with machining -- up to 10 times faster than laser powder bed fusion and at a fraction of the cost per part.
The Shop System is able to print a batch of complex parts every six to 12 hours, enabling tens up to hundreds of near-net-shape metal parts to be printed each day -- as much as 70 kg of steel per day. Because parts on the Shop System print fully supported in their powder bed and feature hand-removable sintering setters, users will avoid hours of labor machining or wire EDM off support structures typical of laser-based systems. This in turn, reduces the total number of manufacturing steps needed, increasing shop productivity and capacity without requiring additional headcount or machinist hours.
With a spot size of 16 microns per drop, 1600 native single pass DPI and distributing up to 670 million drops per second, the Shop System is the highest resolution single pass binder jetting printing system on the market -- delivering 33 percent higher resolution than comparable single pass binder jetting systems.
The system's 70,000 nozzles per line have built in five times redundancy -- 25 percent higher than other single pass binder jetting systems -- to help to avoid jet-outs resulting in enhanced quality and reliability for shop owners. A revolutionary recoating system delivers unprecedented powder bed uniformity for ultra-high accuracy parts.
"Shop owners have been enamored by the versatility, speed and cost reduction that binder jetting technology can provide, but until now, it hasn't been accessible to them," said Jonah Myerberg, co-founder and CTO, Desktop Metal, who led the technical development of the system. "The Shop System offers users the same fully-dense metal parts at an affordable price that works in harmony with machining on the shop floor. What's more, the system enables owners to both save and make money by eliminating tooling costs, lowering lead times, and bringing in new business because of an improved part-cost equation."
General availability for the Shop System is Fall 2020.
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