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DESKTOP METAL STUDIO

Office-friendly metal 3D printing.
Designed as an end-to-end solution, it’s the
only way to print complex metal parts in-house.
Available from June 2018.

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10x cheaper

The Studio system is up to ten times cheaper than comparable laser-based systems. With purchase and subscription pricing options, it’s the only metal 3D printing system that is cost-effective for engineering teams.

Safe

NO Hazardous Powders
NO Respirators
NO External Ventilation
NO 480V 3-Phase Power
NO Stress Relief
NO Dedicated Operators
NO Welded Supports
NO Special Facilities
NO Dangerous Lasers
NO 3rd Party Equipment

The printer shapes the parts

The Studio printer is similar to the safest and most widely used 3D printing process–Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).

How it works

Unlike laser-based systems that selectively melt metal powder, the Studio printer extrudes bound metal rods–similar to how a plastic FDM printer works. This eliminates the safety requirements associated with metal 3D printing while opening up new alloys and enabling new features like the use of closed-cell infill for lightweight strength.

SPEED: 16cm³/hr

LAYER HEIGHT: 50µm

BUILD AREA: 300mm(W) x 200mm(D) x 200mm(H)

The furnace sinters the parts

We designed the first office-friendly sintering furnace. Fully automated with closed loop thermal control and sized to fit through an office door, it delivers industrial-strength sintering in an office-friendly package.

How it works

The furnace combines SiC heating elements with high-powered microwaves to sinter printed parts after primary binder is removed. Cloud-connected, the furnace has temperature profiles that are tuned to every build and material. It uniformly heats parts to just below their melting point, removing binder and fusing metal particles to form fully dense parts without the residual stresses introduced in laser-based systems.

HEATING: Hybrid; Microwave-enhanced

PEAK TEMP: 1400°C

FOOT PRINT: 1250mm(W) x 750mm(D) x 1500mm(H)

Prototype and mass produce with the same alloys

We designed our systems to use the same MIM (Metal Injection Molding) materials. This opens up an ecosystem of low-cost, high-quality alloys with a mature supply chain and well-studied process controls.

200+ compatible alloys

By enabling the use of metal powders from the MIM industry, our systems have access to a wide range of existing materials—from steels and aluminum to superalloys and titanium.

Up to 80% cheaper

Laser-based systems require specially formulated, cost-prohibitive metal powders. We use metal powder with a wide particle size distribution, enabling much lower materials costs.

Over 30 materials available

*requires Al / Ti furnace add-on package

The process

The Studio system is the only end-to-end solution for metal 3D printing. 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 Studio 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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