Desktop Metal’s new additive manufacturing machine

The new Studio System 2 incorporates a two-step additive manufacturing process, removing the debinding step found in previous systems (courtesy of Desktop Metal)

Desktop Metal, Inc., headquartered in Burlington, MA, USA, has launched its Studio System 2, a simplified and user-friendly metal additive manufacturing system for low-volume, pre-production applications. and end use.

The Studio System 2 incorporates a new two-step process based on Desktop Metal’s Material Extrusion Technology (MEX) which it calls Bound Metal Deposition (BMD). The two-step process now eliminates the use of solvents, eliminating the debinding step required with previous systems. All new material formulations allow parts to be transferred directly from the printer to the oven.

The result would provide a nearly hands-free experience, which also reduces consumable usage and overall system footprint.

“As the adoption of additive manufacturing advances around the world, Desktop Metal continues to drive innovations that allow technology to compete more effectively with conventional manufacturing processes,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder by Desktop Metal.

“Our next-generation Studio System 2 takes the best features of the original Studio System + and dramatically improves them, delivering higher quality end-use metal parts through a more streamlined and accessible process, and in an even larger footprint. small. “

An electric motor mount produced on a Studio System 2 (courtesy of Desktop Metal)

The original Studio System, first launched in 2017, was released as a desktop-friendly metal AM system and consisted of a printer, delier and oven. This enabled the simplified in-house production of low volumes of complex metal parts. The next-generation Studio System 2 retains all of the essential functionality of the original Studio System, while delivering advances meant to make metal additive manufacturing even easier, more reliable and more accessible.

Vacuum sintering in the Desktop Metal furnace, at temperatures up to 1400 ° C, produces parts and mechanical properties similar to castings and which would meet or exceed Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) standards. .

The Studio System 2 is launched with 316L stainless steel, an excellent corrosion resistant, general purpose material used in a variety of industries for applications such as manifolds, nozzles, brackets, latches and jewelry. A large portfolio of additional materials, which take advantage of the new streamlined two-step process, is in active R&D, with new versions scheduled for deployment in 2021. Additionally, the Studio System 2 will be backward compatible through the use of the debinder, with all materials previously supported by the Studio System, including 17-4PH stainless steel, 4140 low alloy steel, H13 tool steel, and copper.

The company’s Fabricate software offers new default print profiles tailored to the Studio System 2 process that simplify build preparation, while giving users access to over ninety customizable print settings . Fabricate also generates separable support structures with strategic divisions to avoid locking during post-processing and fully automates thermal debinding and sintering cycles.

A replacement collector produced on a Studio System 2 (courtesy of Desktop Metal)

“Based on the success of our original Studio System, we know that companies around the world are eager to adopt our new, more streamlined Studio System 2 process to produce difficult-to-machine parts with complex geometry such as undercuts and internal channels, ”added Fulop. .

“Across Manufacturing, Tooling, Automotive, Consumer Products, Electronics and Medical Applications, Companies Explain How Additive Manufacturing challenges their design and engineering teams to think differently about how to optimize designs for the best part success.

The Studio System 2, which is expected to start shipping worldwide in the first quarter of 2021, will also be available as an upgrade for all existing Studio System customers.

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