Desktop Metal was created to change the way companies bring products to market with metal 3D printing. Current metal 3D printing is too expensive or industrial for many potential users. Fundamentally different approaches were needed to offer a different way to produce metal parts for prototyping and in production.

Studio System

10x Cheaper Office Friendly Metal 3D Printing Designed for Engineers

The DM Studio System is an end-to-end metal 3D printing solution that enables the creation of low cost metal prototypes in an office environment. No more waiting for machined or cast parts, this revolutionary product leveraged decades of experience with software, robotics, and metal injection molding (MIM) to solve the problems previous attempts at low cost metal 3D Printing encountered.

This complete end-to-end system provides software and hardware that takes a component through digital model preparation, the creation of a green part in an FDM 3D Printer, debinding, and then sintering. Since one system controls each step, the debinding and sintering are performed optimally to deliver speed and precision. As a system created for design engineers, it has no special infrastructure requirements and can run in an office environment. No powders, no special electrical needs.

Production System

100x faster with Quality and Cost-per-Part needed to scale Designed for Throughput.

The DM Production System, available in 2018/2019, also 3D Prints a green part and leverages Desktop Metals proprietary sintering furnace technology. However, instead of FDM, it uses binder jetting in a unique Single Pass Jetting process which can be 100x faster than a single laser system. With a larger size and a build speed of 8,200 cm^3/hr, only injection molding produces green parts faster. Because it is binding a powder bed, users can create parts with off-the-shelf powder metal material.

The overall lower cost of material and the system itself, combined with a shorter build time, deliver a cost-per-part that competes with traditional production manufacturing.

Introducing two systems covering the full product life cycle

from prototyping to mass production.

Desktop Metal achieves their cost and speed goals by taking a different approach. Instead of 3D Printing a final part, they:

  • 3D Prints a green part made up of powder bound by a polymer
  • Removes binder in the included debinding system
  • Sinter green part into final shape in a proprietary furnace

Other solutions use more complex single step processes or only provide a 3D Printer to create the green part. Both systems from Desktop Metal have significant differentiators:

Accurately and Quickly 3D Print Green Part

For the DM Studio System, proven and widely used Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is leveraged to provide affordable and reliable part creation. This approach also allows for the material to be delivered in cartridges containing the material stored in rod form, removing the need for handling messy powder.

The production system uses a new approach to jetting to add a layer of powder, compact it, jet binder, and add release layer material in a single pass, in both directions of travel. This enables accurate parts to be created very quickly and efficiently.

Release Layer

A major advantage of building a green part with a 3D Printer for sintering is the ability to add a non-sintering material as a release layer. This material survives the debinding and sintering process without distorting or bonding. Once the part leaves the furnace it can be removed from the base plate without cutting or special tools. And it also enable break-away supports, greatly simplifying the post processing.

Microwave Enhanced Furnace

The biggest differentiator of the Desktop Metal systems is their proprietary Microwave Enhanced Furnace. Decades of metallurgy expertise were used to create a controlled sintering furnace that uses traditional and microwave heating to produce uniform shrinkage and minimal distortion during the process. Because each cycle is designed for the part being sintered, it is optimized and faster.

Software Controlled Workflow

Everything works together because of the easy-to-use software that controls the whole workflow from part preparation through printing and sintering. This "metallurgist in a box" toolset allows any user to simplify the complex process of part creation and sintering.

Significant Advantages Deliver real Value

All of this technology is combined in a signal system to deliver significant real value to users. Each system, an affordable office friendly prototyping system and a robust high-throughput production system, were designed from the ground up to fulfill the needs of companies that need to make metal parts using proven 3D Printing technology that is also affordable.

The ability to prototype actual metal parts is now within reach. Contact PADT to learn more.

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