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Advanced Metal 3-D Printing System Delivers Higher Resolution Printing



Custom configurable hardware solutions for low volume production of high-quality metal parts

Example of parts that can be printed using the Studio System+

Example of small part with tiny features that can be printed in high resolution using the Studio System+

"Desktop Metal, making metal 3-D printing accessible to manufacturers and engineers, has introduced the Studio System+, an advanced metal 3-D printing system combining all the innovative and office-friendly features of the original Studio System with even more functionality to print small metal parts with higher resolution," said a company spokesperson. The company also introduced Studio Fleet, a custom-configurable solution designed to address today's challenges in low- to mid-volume production.

"As our office-friendly systems are making their way to customers throughout the country, we are excited to announce the launch Studio System+ and Studio Fleet which together offer enhanced features for metal prototyping and low volume production," said Ric Fulop, CEO and Co-Founder of Desktop Metal. "Engineers and designers who are looking to push the limits of metal 3-D printing with small parts or parts with fine details can now achieve even higher resolution, with a customizable system configuration for greater process efficiency and throughput right on the shop floor."

The new Studio System+ retains all the key features of the original Studio System with advancements that allow customers to build to scale and offer high-resolution printing. Studio Fleet adds a custom-configurable, in-house metal 3-D printing solution to support a variety of production scenarios and scales for a range of low-to mid-volume applications across industries. "For the first time, on-demand metal 3-D printing will be able to deliver accessible and scalable manufacturing that adapts to diverse business needs, part requirements, production volumes and cost constraints," said the spokesperson.

Office-Friendly Metal 3-D Printing System

The original Studio System, which made its debut in 2017, is an office-friendly metal 3-D printing system for rapid prototyping. Safe and simple to use, the Studio System is designed to make metal 3-D printing more accessible, enabling design and engineering teams to make metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities, dedicated operators or expensive tooling. The three-part solution, including printer, debinder and furnace, automates metal 3-D printing by tightly integrating through Desktop Metal's cloud-based software to deliver a seamless workflow for printing complex metal parts in-house - from digital file to sintered part.

Building off the flagship system, the Studio System+ incorporates new print capabilities as well as hardware updates designed for increased throughput, allowing users to:

  • Print at higher resolution. A new swappable high resolution printhead with supporting software profiles allows for smaller parts with finer features and an improved surface finish. This creates opportunities for new geometries and applications with the ability to print parts similar to those produced with metal injection molding (MIM)-parts featuring sintered voxels as tiny as 240 microns in XY by 45 microns in Z, which is smaller than a grain of table salt-making it suitable for a variety of applications such as parts for consumer electronics, medical devices and automotive.
  • Watch a live stream of the build. An in-chamber build plate camera captures a live stream video of the part as it prints, so users can closely monitor print progress.
  • Experience new software improvements. Including automatic mold lock prevention, part positioning and fleet management.
  • Debind and sinter in bulk. New stackable shelving increases part capacity of the debinder and furnace for even greater throughput. Increased workload volume addresses bottlenecks typical of other solutions at the debind and sinter stages.
  • Produce even better parts. A new retort box design increases thermal uniformity, resulting in higher-quality parts.
  • Reduce operational costs. The system now features the option to connect to external gas tanks or a house gas line, which reduces the cost of consumables and results in lower cost-per-part.

Configure a Studio Fleet

Studio Fleet is a custom-configurable solution for in-house metal 3-D printing-supporting a range of applications for low- to mid-volume production. Built to scale, it leverages Studio System+ technology-including a software-controlled workflow and stackable shelving for batch processing-for the rapid production of high-quality, complex metal parts. "For the first time, on-demand metal 3-D printing will deliver accessible and scalable manufacturing that adapts to diverse business needs, part requirements, production volumes and cost constraints," said the spokesperson.

At launch, the Studio Fleet is available to be built in two configurations:

  • 3:1:1 - 3 printers + 1 debinder + 1 furnace
  • 5:2:1 - 5 printers + 2 debinders + 1 furnace.

"Since the introduction of our original Studio System, we have worked closely with hundreds of customers across major industries-aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, cosmetics and more-to identify key applications and their requirements to incorporate metal additive manufacturing into the design process," said Fulop. "This research continues to inform our product development, and we are excited to release an enhanced version of the world's first office-friendly metal 3-D printing solution that will help customers more effectively meet those needs."

For more information contact:

Desktop Metal

63 Third Avenue

Burlington, MA 01803

978-224-1244

www.desktopmetal.com

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