3D Printing, Desktop Metal

A Virtual Tour Inside the Desktop Metal Shop System

By TriMech on August 14, 2020

The Desktop Metal Shop System is the first-ever binder jetting system. It was specifically designed for machine shops to give them the ability to print end-use metal parts with unparalleled speed. Using a few videos and animations let's take a look at the the inner workings of this printer and discover how it operates and produces the highest resolution out of any single-pass binder jetting system available. To show you this powerful system, we have to break it down into individual sections to give you a complete tour of each feature within the Shop System.


The Key Features of the Shop System

The Shop System is the most accessible solution for machine shops when it comes to creating high-quality parts faster than laser powder bed fusion. This system features three main steps in the process which includes print, depowder and sinter. In the printing process, there is a metal powder spread across the build bed and is followed by a binding agent that is then jetted into the powder to define the part. During the depowder stage, the build box is removed and added in a powder station to remove powder in bulk. Within the sinter stage, the depowdered parts are placed on trays in a shop-safe furnace to finish them off with batch sintering. This shop-friendly process brings high-quality parts at rapid speeds.

Desktop Metal Shop virtual

Higher Resolution and Reliability
The Studio System features a high-resolution with 600 x 1600 DPI native, which is 33% higher resolution than comparable systems. With over 670M drops per second, this system delivers high-speed, high-resolution 3D printing. There are 70,000-plus nozzles that are included in the Shop System and spread across five rows to avoid jet-outs and print issues. The print head has a 25% higher nozzle redundancy than comparable 3D printing systems, which results in enhanced print quality and reliability.

Desktop Metal Shop System Higher Resolution and Reliability

Faster Build Time
The high-speed, single-pass print engine produces high-quality metal parts up to 10x faster than laser powder bed fusion which means you can 3D print up to 70kg of metal parts per day with less labor. With an average build time of between 6-12 hours, you can produce a new build every shift with a tooling-free manufacturing process.

Desktop Metal Shop System Faster Build Time

Allows for Multiple Concurrent Job Types
Utilize all of the amazing capabilities of 3D printing to amplify your shop’s output. You can print end-use metal parts with the quality, surface finish and tolerances required with little effort. Produce parts with different geometries simultaneously without the need for multiple setups.

Desktop Metal Shop System Allows for Multiple Concurrent Job Types

Powder Bed Support
Layer by layer, a metal powder and binder is deposited until the entire build volume is packed with bound parts and surrounding loose powder. Once an entire build is complete, the build box is removed and placed in a powder station for bulk and fine depowdering. Loose powder is removed from the parts and recovered via a built-in powder recycling system with powder sieving.

Desktop Metal Shop System Powder Bed Support

Sintering Setters
Parts are supported in the powder bed and have hand-removable sintering setters. Avoid hours of labor by not having to machine off support structures typical to laser-based 3D printing systems. With the Shop System, you can create customer-ready, near-net-shape parts right out of the furnace.

Desktop Metal Shop System Sintering Setters

Exquisite Surface Finish and Fine Detail
Produce customer-ready, high-resolution parts with impeccable feature detail and surface finishes as low as 4µm Ra out of the furnace, and <0.1µm Ra with mass finishing. 

Desktop Metal Shop System Exquisite Surface Finish and Fine Detail

Now that you have seen some of the impressive features of this system, it is time to take a deeper dive into the details to see how it is the ideal companion for machine shops and fabrication job shops. Take a look at this powerful machine.

Desktop Metal Shop System