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Why The Rush To Metal 3D Printing?

Why are so many new metal 3D printing companies and services emerging? There are three main reasons for this growth in additive manufacturing.

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What? Desktop Metal Is Doing Desktop Plastic?

Desktop Metal announced a continuous carbon fiber 3D printer, the Fiber, which uses a version of the industrial AFP (automated fiber placement) process to produce very strong parts.

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Desktop Metal was started to address a problem: how to make metal 3D printing accessible for engineering teams. In 2013, CEO Ric Fulop began collaborating with world-leading experts in materials science, engineering, and 3D printing. Their work together over the course of two years drew multiple independent inventions together to form the basis for Desktop Metal’s technology.

The team at Desktop Metal is strong in research and development. They have in house metallurgy classes to testing the latest 3D printers.

Desktop Metal has software that is designed to make metal 3D printing more successful and accessible. Their software solutions support in the fabrication process, including design engineers, system operations and shop managers. Their software, Fabricate simplifies model preparation and automates metal 3D printing, making it easy for anyone to produce complex metal parts with the Studio System.

Live Parts is another one of Desktop Metal’s features. Live Parts applies morphogenetic principles and advanced simulation to generate optimized part designs in minutes. This makes it easy to design stronger, lighter parts that leverage the geometric flexibility unique to 3D printing.

Fab Flow is another one of Desktop Metal’s features. Fab Flow is designed for busy fabrication shops. Fab Flow brings communications and workflow management into a single platform. Shop managers have the necessary visibility and control to improve operations across the shop floor.

The Studio System is an office friendly 3D printing solution. The Studio System eliminates lasers and dangerous loose powders often associated with metal 3D printing, making it safe to use in any facility. Unlike other systems, there is no third-party equipment or special facilities required, just power and an internet connection. From simplified model prep to supports that are easily removed by hand, the Studio System makes it easy to print metal parts in-house. Integrated software automates the process to take the guesswork out of achieving parts with good metallurgy.

The Studio System is designed to adapt to diverse business needs. The software auto-generates custom build plans optimized for multi-part jobs, while increased debind and sinter capacity enables scalable throughput for low volume production. The Studio System is a three-part solution that automates metal 3D printing. Tightly integrated through Desktop Metal’s cloud-based software, it delivers a seamless workflow for printing complex metal parts in-house, from digital file to sintered part.

Similar to metal injection molding (MIM), the Studio System leverages bulk sintering to achieve parts with high densities and reliable performance. Everything from the particle distribution size within each rod to the design of the cartridges and extruder mechanisms supports a faster, easier, and safer workflow for printing high-quality metal parts in-house and on-demand.

The production system is metal 3D printing for mass production. The production system has print bars containing thousands of nozzles that work in conjunction with powder spreaders to disperse metal powder and print in a single pass across the build area, jetting up to 3 billion drops per second.

The production system has a wide range of materials. Unlike powder bed fusion systems and alternative binder jetting technologies, Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) is designed specifically for compatibility with a wide range of materials, from stainless steels to precious metals.

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