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DESKTOP METAL FOR PRODUCTION

The first metal 3D printing system for mass production.
Available in late 2019, the Production system delivers the speed, quality, and
cost-per-part needed to compete with traditional manufacturing processes.

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100x faster

Breakthrough Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) process delivers speeds up to 8200 cm3/hr–100x faster than laser-based systems. With zero-tooling needed, it’s the fastest way to manufacture complex metal parts.

20x lower cost

Low-cost MIM powder, high throughput, and simple post-processing deliver per-part costs that are competitive with traditional manufacturing processes—and up to 20x lower than today’s metal 3D printing systems.

Powered by Single Pass Technology

The Production system is based on a new approach to metal 3D printing—Single Pass Jetting (SPJ). Created by the inventors of the binder jetting and the single pass inkjet processes, Single Pass Jetting builds metal parts in a matter of minutes instead of hours.

Single Pass Jetting is bi-directional. We combined all the necessary steps for printing so that whenever there is movement, there is printing. Two full-width print bars containing over 32,000 jets work in conjunction with powder spreaders to spread powder and print in a single quick pass across the build area, jetting millions of droplets per second.

SPEED: up to 8200cm³/hr

RESOLUTION: 50µm voxels

BUILD AREA: 330mm(W) x 330mm(D) x 330mm(H)

High Density Parts

Unlike laser-based processes which weld parts to a build plate, parts created by the Production system are surrounded by loose powder, enabling the full use of the build envelope and higher productivity per build. Sophisticated software will arrange parts to maximize the build area in all axes.

Microwave Enhanced Sintering

When printing, the metal is deposited on the build surface as a powder along with the binding agent. The layers are built up, and when it’s all over, the part is washed and heated to remove the binding agent. The finishing takes place in the separate furnace system, with multidirectional microwave antenna, bringing the metal to just below its melting point. Where the binding agent burns away, the metal particles fuse with each other to produce a solid piece.

Competitive cost-per-part

The production system is ideal for the production of complex, high-performance metal parts at high volumes. Since no tooling is needed, it can outperform traditional manufacturing processes like casting while adding major benefits of additive manufacturing like just-in-time production and mass customisation.

Over 30 materials available

*requires Al / Ti furnace add-on package

The process

The Production system is an innovation that shapes the future. It’s the first metal 3d printing system for mass production. The printer and furnace were designed together, making it possible for precise control of the entire workflow automatically.

Step 1: PREP

Digital Model

The software accepts native CAD file formats–not just STL. Web-based, it runs on a remote or local server so that it is possible to manage jobs from any device securely.

Step 2: PRINT

Green Part

Similar to FDM, the Production printer shapes a “green” part layer-by-layer by heating and extruding specially formulated bound metal rods. The green part can be easily sanded by hand.

Step 3: DEBIND AND SINTER

Sintered Part

A portion of the plastic binder is first removed. The furnace then heats the part to temperatures near melting, causing the metal powder to densify to 96-99.8%.

Step 4: POST PROCESS

Finished Part

Apply optional finishing methods such as machining or bead blasting for critical tolerances and finishes. Supports are removed by hand.

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